Revolt of the Scribes : Resistance and Apocalyptic Origins

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-01
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Richard A. Horsley surveys responses in Second Temple Jewish literature to the rise of Hellenistic and Roman empires, discovering in a range of apocalyptic writings the traces of a coherent movement of defiance, critique, and resistance to tyranny. Revolt of the Scribes breaks new ground in the study of apocalyptic origins and in our understanding of Jewish life in the Greco-Roman world.

Author Biography

Richard A. Horsley was until his retirement Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and the Study of Religion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is the author of Jesus and Empire: The Kingdom of God and the New World Disorder (Fortress, 2002), Religion and Empire: People, Power, and the Life of the Spirit (Fortress, 2003), Jesus and the Spiral of Violence (Fortress, 1992), and Bandits, Prophets, and Messiahs (1985), and editor of A People's History of Christianity, vol. 1, Christian Origins (Fortress, 2005) and coeditor of Performing the Gospel: Orality, Memory, and Mark (Fortress, 2006).

Table of Contents

Chronology of Imperial Rulers and Major Eventsp. vi
Mapsp. vii
Introduction: "Clueless about Apocalypticism"?p. 1
Scribal Resistance to Hellenistic Imperial Rulep. 19
Map of Maccabean and Hasmonean Palestinep. 20
The Escalating Crisis in Judea under Hellenistic Rulep. 21
The Statue and the Stone: The Tales of Danielp. 33
The Giants Who Kill and Devour: Enoch's Book of Watchersp. 47
Wolves and Sheep, Eagles and Lambs: Enoch's Animal Vision and Other Historical Surveysp. 63
A Terrifying Fourth Beast: The Visions of Danielp. 81
Scribal Resistance to Roman Imperial Rulep. 105
Map of Palestine after the Death of Herod the Greatp. 106
Roman Conquest and Roman Rulep. 107
The War against the "Kittim": The Covenant Community at Qumranp. 123
The Arrogance of the Dragon: Roman Conquest in the Psalms of Solomonp. 143
Visions of Vindication: The Parables of Enoch and the Updated Testament of Mosesp. 159
Demonstration, Organization, and Assassination: Parallel Scribal Resistancep. 177
Conclusion: Rethinking "Apocalyptic" Textsp. 193
Abbreviationsp. 208
Notesp. 209
Indexp. 227
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