2 Esdras

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Some of the greatest moments of religious history have occurred when a poignant experience or event flies in the face of the traditional theological worldview cherished by an individual or society. A fascinating case study of one such occurrence lies open in the text of 4 Ezra (2 Esdras 3-14), wherein a learned Jewish scribe of the first century CE rethinks his inherited theological views concerning a trascendent creator who is powerful, loving and just. This guide introduces the reader in a non-technical but ...
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Overview

Some of the greatest moments of religious history have occurred when a poignant experience or event flies in the face of the traditional theological worldview cherished by an individual or society. A fascinating case study of one such occurrence lies open in the text of 4 Ezra (2 Esdras 3-14), wherein a learned Jewish scribe of the first century CE rethinks his inherited theological views concerning a trascendent creator who is powerful, loving and just. This guide introduces the reader in a non-technical but informed manner to the text of 4 Ezra, locating it in its historical, theological and social setting, reviewing interpretive approaches, and demonstrating how the author boldly struggles to understand God's grand reputation in the light of a world out of joint. The guide also examines 4 Ezra's influence within the Christian Church, and introduces the historical situations and theologies of the Christian texts, 5 Ezra (2 Esdras 1-2) and 6 Ezra (2 Esdras 15-16).
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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Primary Sources, Translations and Commentaries 8
Abbreviations 10
1 Introduction 11
2 Issues in the Interpretation of 4 Ezra 20
3 Ezra's Initial Speeches 33
4 The Heart of the Matter 43
5 Ezra's Transformation: Episode IV 59
6 The Triumph of God: Episode V and VI 70
7 Ezra, The People and the Law: Episode VII 85
8 The Author and his Theological Project 94
9 Christian Developments: 5 Ezra and 6 Ezra 110
Index of References 122
Index of Authors 128
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