Cosmology and Eschatology in Jewish and Christian Apocalypticism

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This comprehensive work covers many different Jewish and Christian apocalyptic texts and movements from the second century BCE through the fourth century CE. It focuses on two major themes, cosmology - which studies the structure of the universe, including its religious function - and eschatology, which interprets history and the future.
The detailed historical and literary analysis of these themes are introduced by an essay on the cultural gap between the original contexts of these texts and those of readers today and how that gap may be bridged.
The book deals with the interrelations between post-biblical Judaism and early Christianity. The relevant Jewish texts and history are discussed thoroughly in their own right. The Christian material is approached in a way that shows both its continuity with Jewish tradition and its distinctiveness.

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'...a comprehensive work covering [...] many different Jewish and Christian texts...
Eibert J.C. Tigchelaar, Journal for the Study of Judaism, 1998.
'...welcome collection of articles…In particular, it is good to have her ground-breaking article on the contribution of Revelation to political ethics made more widely available.'
C.C. Rowland, Journal of Theological Studies, 1998.

William E. Arnal
...[An] at-times fascinating collection of studies on several key aspects of Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature....[D]isplays extensive erudition on the issues she takes up.
Society of Biblical Literature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004119277
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/18/2000
  • Series: Scholars List Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Adela Yarbro Collins, Ph.D. (1975) in the Study of Religion, Harvard University, is the Buckinham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale University. She has published extensively on the book of Revelation and the Gospel of Mark, including The Beginning of the Gospel: Probings of Mark in Context (Fortress, 1992).
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Table of Contents

I Meaning and Significance in Apocalyptic Texts 1
II The Heavens in Jewish and Christian Apocalypses 21
III Numerical Symbolism in Jewish and Early Christian Apocalyptic Literature 55
IV The Origin of the Designation of Jesus as "Son of Man" 139
V The "Son of Man" Tradition and the Book of Revelation 159
VI The Political Perspective of the Revelation to John 198
VII The Origin of Christian Baptism 218
Index of Ancient Persons and Texts 239
Index of Modern Authors 255
Index and Subjects 260
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