- 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
Although rhetorical analysis has been a well-established method in New Testament and Hebrew Bible studies, the rhetoric of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Jewish apocalypses has received little attention. This chapter examines the rhetorical formation and function of Jewish apocalyptic literature. It begins by providing an overview of rhetoric and apocalyptic literature and discussing whether rhetorical criticism is a method. It then considers apocalyptic literature as epiphanic rhetoric, the central characters in apocalyptic literature, and the figuring of space in apocalyptic literature. Finally, it looks at two primary topoi of apocalyptic literature: hidden and revealed knowledge and patterns of order.
Carol A. Newsom is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament at Emory University. She is the author of The Self as Symbolic Space: Constructing Identity and Community at Qumran and The Book of Job: A Contest of Moral Imaginations.
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