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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802843715
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Series: Biblical Resource Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 283
  • Sales rank: 349,484
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

John J. Collins is Holmes professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School and has served as president of both the Society of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Association. His many books include Beyond the Qumran Community, King and Messiah as Son of God, The Bible after Babel, and The Apocalyptic Imagination.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Preface to the Second Edition
Abbreviations
1 The Apocalyptic Genre 1
2 The Early Enoch Literature 43
3 Daniel 85
4 Related Genres: Oracles and Testaments 116
5 Qumran 145
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
Epilogue 280
Bibliography 284
Indexes 318
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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Incredibly in-depth

    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

    Esoteric, but if you're interested, terrific.

    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.

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