Apocalyptic Interpretation of the Bible Apocalypticism and Biblical Interpretation in Early Judaism, the Apostle Paul, the Historical Jesus, and their Reception History

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  • Copyright: 2013-06-20
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark
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This book presents a synthesis of Gerbern Oegema's extensive research on apocalypticism and Biblical interpretation. Oegema works with the hypothesis that apocalypticism was a major current and mindset from the beginning of the Second Temple period, through Enochic literature, the Qumran Scrolls and the New Testament into Late Antiquity, shaping many inner-Jewish traditions and those emerging from Early Judaism, namely the Early Church and Rabbinic Judaism.

The topics and texts dealt with range from prophecy and apocalypticism in Second Temple Judaism, messianic expectations in the Qumran writings, the apocalyptic interpretation of the Patriarchs in 4QPatriarchal Blessings (4Q252), the 'Coming of the Righteous One' in 1 Enoch, Qumran and the New Testament, to the historical Jesus between Early Judaism and Early Christianity.

Author Biography

Gerbern S. Oegema is Professor of Biblical Studies and Founder of the Center for Research on Religion at McGill University

Table of Contents

Preface\I. Early Judaism\Chapter 1: Prophecyand Apocalypticism in Second Temple Judaism\Chapter 2: MessianicExpectations in the Qumran Writings: Trajectories in their Development\Chapter3: The ApocalypticInterpretation of the Patriarchs in 4QPatriarchalBlessings (4Q252)\II. The Historical Jesus\Chapter 4: The'Coming of the Righteous One' in 1 Enoch,Qumran and the New Testament\Chapter 5: The Historical Jesus between EarlyJudaism and Early Christianity\Chapter 6: Jesus' Prophetic and Apocalyptic Interpretationof Scripture\III. The Apostle Paul and the Early Church\Chapter 7: Jesus and His SecondComing: Between Messianism and Eschatology\Chapter 8: The ChristologicalInterpretation of the Bible in the Letters of Paul\Chapter 9: Paul and theDevelopment of Early Christian Eschatology\Chapter 10: 2 Baruch, the Messiah, and the Bar Kochba Revolt\IV. Reception History\Chapter 11: Back to the Future in the EarlyChurch: The Use of the Book of Daniel in Early Patristic Eschatology\Chapter12: The Heritage of Jewish Apocalypticism in Rabbinic and Early Medieval Judaism\Index

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