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date: 11 November 2019

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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.

Keywords: Gerhard von Rad, apocalypticism, wisdom, Judaism, New Testament, apocalypse, wisdom literature, Dead Sea Scrolls, Hellenistic age

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