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From the PublisherJames VanderKam
-- University of Notre Dame
"In Apocalypse against Empire Anathea Portier-Young delves deeply into the meaning of empire, the methods used by empires, and the forms of resistance they engender. She then applies these insights to the sources for the historical context in which the earliest Jewish apocalypses were composed and to the texts themselves. The result is a refreshing and impressive explanation of Daniel and two Enochic texts -- the Apocalypse of Weeks and Book of Dreams."
-- Emory University
"Using methods developed by social scientists for the analysis of state terror and strategies of resistance, Portier-Young brings to life the ancient realities of Seleucid state terror in Judea in a way that few historians have captured. Against that background she makes a compelling case for the audacity of resistance grounded in the apocalyptic imaginations of 1 Enoch and Daniel. . . . Brings new depth to the claim that these are political apocalypses."
"Portier-Young's volume is a remarkable achievement in terms of its theoretical sophistication, historical sensibility, and textual rigor."
-- Review of Biblical Literature
"An excellent study of Judea during the Seleucid period . . . Portier-Young's in-depth look at apocalypses in relation to the Seleucid Empire and Judaism is a substantial work in the field of biblical studies."
-- Columbia Theological Seminary
"A reference point for future study, one that cannot be ignored."