The Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature / Edition 2

The Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature / Edition 2

by John J. Collins
     
 

Apocalyptic literature evokes an imaginative world that is set in deliberate counterpoint to the experiential world of the present. Apocalypticism thrives especially in times of crisis, and it functions by offering a resolution of the relevant crisis, not in practical terms but in terms of imagination and faith.

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Apocalyptic literature evokes an imaginative world that is set in deliberate counterpoint to the experiential world of the present. Apocalypticism thrives especially in times of crisis, and it functions by offering a resolution of the relevant crisis, not in practical terms but in terms of imagination and faith.

The Apocalyptic Imagination by John Collins is one of the most widely praised studies of Jewish apocalyptic literature ever written. And this second edition of Collins's study represents a complete updating and rewriting of the original work. Especially noteworthy is the chapter on the Dead Sea Scrolls, which now takes into account all of the recently published texts. Other chapters discuss apocalypse as a literary genre, explore the phenomenon and function of apocalypticism in the ancient world, study a wide range of individual apocalyptic texts, and examine the apocalyptic character of early Christianity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802843715
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Series:
Biblical Resource Series
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
283
Sales rank:
303,663
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Preface to the Second Edition
Abbreviations
1The Apocalyptic Genre1
2The Early Enoch Literature43
3Daniel85
4Related Genres: Oracles and Testaments116
5Qumran145
6The Similitudes of Enoch177
7After the Fall: 4 Ezra, 2 Baruch, and the Apocalypse of Abraham194
8Apocalyptic Literature from the Diaspora in the Roman Period233
9Apocalypticism in Early Christianity256
Epilogue280
Bibliography284
Indexes318

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