- 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
In the 1960s, Gerhard von Rad declared that apocalypticism is a child of the wisdom tradition rather than prophecy. Von Rad first laid out his argument in Old Testament Theology, spawning a great deal of scholarly discussion. This chapter examines von Rad’s ideas and their impact on scholarship with regard to both early Judaism and the New Testament. It begins with an overview of apocalypticism, apocalypse, and wisdom before turning to wisdom literature and the Dead Sea Scrolls. It then discusses the boundaries of wisdom and apocalypticism and compares wisdom and apocalypticism in the Hellenistic age to wisdom and apocalypticism today.
Matthew Goff is an Associate Professor of Religion at Florida State University. Among his publications are The Heavenly and Worldly Wisdom of 4QInstruction and Discerning Wisdom: The Sapiential Literature of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
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