Elijah in Upper Egypt

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This significant contribution to our knowledge of Egyptian Christianity in the late third century includes discussion of
—the Apocalypse of Elijah as religious literature;
—the Egyptian provenance of the document;
—its social and historical context;
—a complete translation.

“Frankfurter’s analysis of The Apocalypse of Elijah is a detailed and creative piece of work. His ...

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Overview

This significant contribution to our knowledge of Egyptian Christianity in the late third century includes discussion of
—the Apocalypse of Elijah as religious literature;
—the Egyptian provenance of the document;
—its social and historical context;
—a complete translation.

“Frankfurter’s analysis of The Apocalypse of Elijah is a detailed and creative piece of work. His mastery of literary theory and the social-scientific method is evident throughout, and the union of the two methods in this work is impressive.” —James E. Goehring, Mary Washington College

“This book is a remarkable piece of work. Frankfurter makes a convincing case for the use of native Egyptian prophetic traditions in the Apocalypse of Elijah.” —Birger A. Pearson, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Apocalypse of Elijah as Religious Literature
1 The Coptic Apocalypse of Elijah 7
2 The Apocalypse of Elijah in Its Biblical Context 31
3 The Context of Christian Elijah Pseudepigraphy in Egypt 58
4 Literary Aspects of the Apocalypse of Elijah: Genre, Self-Presentation, and Audience 78
5 The Lawless One and the Fate of the Saints: Major Themes and Traditions in the Apocalypse of Elijah 103
6 Exhortatio ad Martyrum: The Apocalypse of Elijah and the Lore of Martyrdom 141
Pt. 2 Envisioning the Collapse of Things: The Convergence of Egyptian and Christian Worldviews in the Apocalypse of Elijah
7 Chaosbeschreibung: The Literary and Ideological Background of the Apocalypse of Elijah 159
8 Vaticinia Sine Eventibus: The Use of Egyptian Chaosbeschreibung Tradition in the Apocalypse of Elijah 195
Pt. 3 A Silhouette of the Millennium: Toward a Historical and Social Context for the Apocalypse of Elijah
9 The First Level: Egypt in the Third Century C.E. 241
10 The Second Level: Evidence for Millennialism in the Egyptian Chora, Ca. 260-270 C.E. 270
11 The Third Level: A Sect in the Crossfire of Asceticism Debates, Ca. 260-290 C.E. 279
Appendix: The Text of the Apocalypse of Elijah in English 299
Bibliography 329
Index of Ancient Texts 357
Index of Subjects 370
Index of Modern Authors 374
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