- 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
Toward the end of the period associated with the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible, Jewish scribes began to compose apocalyptic literature. Before the Jewish apocalypse appeared as a new and distinct genre of writing in Israel’s literary scene, much of what would become the Bible had already been written. The Torah, the first part of the Jewish Bible, emerged as a central element of the Jewish faith. This chapter considers whether the Torah played a significant role in early Jewish apocalypses and how authors of apocalyptic literature found different ways of working the Torah into their texts, specifically in the cases of 1 Enoch, 4 Ezra, and 2 Baruch.
Matthias Henze is the Watt. J. and Lilly G. Jackson Professor of Biblical Studies at Rice University. His books include Jewish Apocalypticism in Late First Century Israel, and A Companion to Biblical Interpretation in Early Judaism.
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