Martha Himmelfarb's The Apocalypse: A Brief History (Blackwell Brief Histories PDF

By Martha Himmelfarb

ISBN-10: 1405113464

ISBN-13: 9781405113465

ISBN-10: 1405113472

ISBN-13: 9781405113472

This available and enlightening background offers insights into the attention-grabbing style of apocalyptic literature, exhibiting how the apocalypse encompasses way over renowned perspectives of the final judgment and violent finish of the area may well recommend.

  • An obtainable and enlightening historical past of the "apocalypses"--ancient Jewish and Christian works -- delivering clean insights into the interesting style of literature
  • Shows how the apocalypses have been involved not just with renowned perspectives of the final judgment and violent finish of the area, yet with gift and punishment after demise, the heavenly temple, and the revelation of astronomical phenomena and different secrets and techniques of nature
  • Traces the culture of apocalyptic writing in the course of the center a long time, via to the fashionable period, while social pursuits nonetheless prophesise the world’s coming near near death

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Some scholars have suggested that the authors of the apocalypses should be understood as prophets operating in an era in which prophecy was widely viewed as a thing of the past. Thus the apocalypses reflect actual prophetic experience including trances and ascents that are attributed to ancient heroes to improve the chances that they would receive a sympathetic hearing. The internal evidence of the Book of the Watchers and of the other apocalypses seems to me to point away from such an understanding.

The vision does not provide enough detail to make it certain exactly when their reign begins, but it continues to the end of the Babylonian exile. Twentythree shepherds rule from the time of the return from Babylonia to the coming of Alexander, and twenty-three more from Alexander to the beginning of the second century or the Maccabean Revolt; again the account is not entirely clear. The period leading up to the Last Judgment accounts for twelve more shepherds. It is difficult to coordinate this carefully balanced division of the seventy with what we know about the history of the era.

The narrative is set in motion when the watchers cross the boundary by descending to earth with disastrous consequences for themselves and for humanity. On the other hand, in his ascent to heaven and journey to the ends of the earth in the company of the archangels, Enoch crosses the boundary to positive effect. Although these trips lack concrete results other The Book of the Watchers 27 than the rejection of the petition of the fallen watchers, they reassure readers that God still sits enthroned in heaven, that the heavenly temple continues to function, and that the created world testifies to God’s greatness.

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