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The Apocalypse: A Brief History / Edition 1

The Apocalypse: A Brief History / Edition 1

by Martha Himmelfarb
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ISBN-13: 9781405113472
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/19/2010
Series: Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,071,136
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Martha Himmelfarb is the William H. Danforth Professor of Religion at Princeton University. Her work has focused on Judaism of the Second Temple period and apocalyptic literature in particular. She is the author of Tours of Hell: An Apocalyptic Form in Jewish and Christian Literature (1985), Ascent to Heaven in Jewish and Christian Apocalypses (1993), and A Kingdom of Priests: Ancestry and Merit in Ancient Judaism (2006).

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Table of Contents



1. Revelation in the Age of the Torah

2. The Book of the Watchers   and Ascent toHeaven

3. The Book of Daniel and the Kingdom of the Holy Ones

4. The Heavenly Messiah

5. The Heavenly Temple, the Fate of Souls after Death, andCosmology

6. Tours of Paradise and Hell and the Hekhalot Texts

7. Eschatology in the Byzantine Empire

8. Apocalyptic Movements in the Modern Era

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