- 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
This article examines scriptural interpretation in early Jewish apocalyptic literature. More specifically, it considers the ways apocalyptic writers engaged with and infused new meaning into their inherited sacred scriptures. It also discusses elements unique to specific apocalyptic texts, with emphasis on the ideological assumptions and interpretive strategies found in early Jewish apocalypses as well as their relationship to Second Temple period scriptural interpretation. After providing an overview of how scripture was interpreted in the apocalypses, the chapter turns to the so-called allusive pseudepigraphy, allusive anthologizing, reproduction of scriptural “history,” catalogs of scriptural examples, and isolated explicit exegesis.
Alex P. Jassen is Associate Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University in New York City.
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