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date: 19 November 2019

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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.

Keywords: rhetoric, apocalyptic literature, rhetorical criticism, epiphanic rhetoric, apocalypse, space, topoi, knowledge, order

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