- 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
This chapter examines Jewish apocalypses from the third and second centuries BCE. Drawing on the book of Daniel and the Book of the Watchers, it looks at the relationship between “other world” and “this world” and how this relationship is conceptualized through various strategies. It shows that apocalypses construe their unique world by referring to different myths from the ancient Near East, considers a mixture of religio-historical allusions in Daniel 7–8, and discusses modern descriptions of apocalypticism and of “apocalypse” as genre that point to different aspects of an “imagined apocalyptic world.” It also analyzes the motif of chaos and creation in ancient Jewish and Christian apocalypticism, along with the prominent position of heaven and heavens within the cosmologies of ancient Jewish apocalypses.
Stefan Beyerle is Professor of Old Testament at the University of Greifswald. His books include Die Gottesvorstellungen in der antik-jüdischen Apokalyptik and Beyond Biblical Theologies (co-edited with Heinrich Assel and Christfried Böttrich).
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