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date: 22 November 2019

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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.

Keywords: scriptural interpretation, apocalyptic literature, scriptures, Second Temple, apocalypse, allusive pseudepigraphy, allusive anthologizing, scriptural history, explicit exegesis

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