I believe that the Talmud is the first place where the notion of Olam Haba - The world to come - is mentioned. This question explains why it is not mentioned in the Torah but doesn't quite explain who thought of the concept or how it really was originated.

Where does the idea originate from? Even if the Talmud is the first place this is mentioned, they must have derived the idea from somewhere, I assume.

  • By Talmud do you mean Mishnah? – Dr. Shmuel Dec 18 '18 at 3:29
  • @Dr.Shmuel either Mishna or Gemara – DanF Dec 18 '18 at 3:37
  • עין לא ראתה אלהים זולתך – Dr. Shmuel Dec 18 '18 at 3:52
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    Mesorah isn't enough? You want a verse? – robev Dec 18 '18 at 5:21
  • @robev Inevitably, Mishnah derives concepts from some other source, even if it's Midrash. – DanF Dec 18 '18 at 17:34

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