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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.
|Preface to the Second Edition|
|1||The Apocalyptic Genre||1|
|2||The Early Enoch Literature||43|
|4||Related Genres: Oracles and Testaments||116|
|6||The Similitudes of Enoch||177|
|7||After the Fall: 4 Ezra, 2 Baruch, and the Apocalypse of Abraham||194|
|8||Apocalyptic Literature from the Diaspora in the Roman Period||233|
|9||Apocalypticism in Early Christianity||256|
Posted October 28, 2008
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I took a class on Apocalyptic Writings in Second Temple Judaism. It was such a hard class but incredibly interesting. This book is very in depth, but very good too. If you want to read both about the various types of apocalypses (historical, etc.) and go through each of the main ones (Enoch, Daniel, etc.) then you should have this book. It's not for the faint of heart, though, and it's not for those whose faith will feel threatened by learning of the historical events that went into the apocalypses (the Maccabean revolt, etc.)
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Posted March 9, 2009
I was looking for a good introduction to the Jewish (and Zoroastrian) background of New Testament apocalypticism. This is a thorough, thoughtful, and balanced review of Jewish apocalyptic writing and related genres and an excellent way to access the milieu from which early Christian apocalypticism arose. I wasn't familiar with any of the texts dicussed other than Daniel, so it was slow going, but the chapter on early Christian apocalypticism was worth the slog. This book gave me just what I was looking for, plus the bibliography is a gold mind for an amateur who doesn't know the field at all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.