- List of Contributors
- What Is Apocalyptic Literature?
- Apocalyptic Prophecy
- The Inheritance of Prophecy in Apocalypse
- Wisdom and Apocalypticism
- Scriptural Interpretation in Early Jewish Apocalypses
- Apocalyptic Literature and the Study of Early Jewish Mysticism
- Dreams and Visions in Early Jewish and Early Christian Apocalypses and Apocalypticism
- Social-Scientific Approaches to Apocalyptic Literature
- Jewish Apocalyptic Literature as Resistance Literature
- Apocalypse and Empire
- A Postcolonial Reading of Apocalyptic Literature
- The Rhetoric of Jewish Apocalyptic Literature
- Early Christian Apocalyptic Rhetoric
- Deconstructing Apocalyptic Literalist Allegory
- Apocalyptic Determinism
- Apocalyptic Dualism
- Apocalyptic Ethics and Behavior
- Apocalypse and Torah in Ancient Judaism
- Apocalypticism and Christian Origins
- Descents to Hell and Ascents to Heaven in Apocalyptic Literature
- Apocalypses among Gnostics and Manichaeans
- The Imagined World of the Apocalypses
- Messianism as a Political Power in Contemporary Judaism
- Apocalypticism and Radicalism
- Apocalypse and Violence
- Apocalypticism in Contemporary Christianity
- Apocalypse and Trauma
- Apocalypticism and Popular Culture
- Scriptural and Ancient Texts
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
The category “apocalyptic prophecy” has long been controversial in biblical scholarship, as has the problem of the relationship between apocalypticism and prophecy. This chapter examines the concept of apocalyptic prophecy within the Hebrew Bible, arguing that it is a meaningful and helpful rubric. It begins with a discussion of the apocalypse genre and apocalyptic literature before turning to some of the epistemological, theological, and even psychoanalytic issues at play in the debate over the propriety of the idea of apocalyptic prophecy. It then discusses apocalypticism and its heavy reliance on the images and oppositions of mythology, the role played by Zoroastrianism in the rise of Jewish and Christian apocalypticism, the rise of resurrection faith in Israel in proto-apocalyptic literature, the origins of the apocalyptic imagination in Israel, and the varied group provenances of Scripture’s apocalyptic literature.
Stephen L. Cook is Catherine N. McBurney Professor of Old Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. His books include The Apocalyptic Literature and Conversations with Scripture: 2 Isaiah.
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