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9780802844835

The Survivors of Israel: A Reconsideration of the Theology of Pre-Christian Judaism

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    9780802844835

  • ISBN10:

    0802844839

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-07-01
  • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc

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Summary

This study challenges the conventional view by scholars like E. P. Sanders that Late Second Temple Judaism was theologically nationalistic, offering in its place a theory that the intertestamental writings did not anticipate the salvation of all Jews but only of a faithful remnant within Israel. Working carefully with the major books of the pseudepigrapha and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Mark Elliott not only confronts accepted perspectives on Late Second Temple Judaism but also suggests important implications for our reading of the New Testament.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x
Abbreviations xi
Why Another Book on Judaism?
1(26)
Some Necessary Remarks on Method and Approach
2(11)
A Word about Sources and Critical Presuppositions
13(14)
Conventional Nationalistic Views of Election in Judaism
27(30)
The Prevalence and Persistence of Nationalistic Theology in Treatments of Judaism
33(7)
Latent Tensions in the Conventional View of National Election
40(12)
The Present State of the Question
52(5)
The Judgment-of-Israel Theme
57(58)
At Qumran
58(15)
The Widespread Currency of the Theme in Other Intertestamental Writings
73(35)
Apostasy in Israel
108(7)
Limits on the Community of Salvation
115(72)
Exclusivist Soteriology in the Dead Sea Scrolls
115(3)
Exclusivist Soteriology in the Pseudepigrapha
118(60)
Divine Mercy toward Israel?
178(9)
Reform and Dissent---The Sociohistorical Context
187(58)
How Does One Account for the Exclusivist Attitude toward Israel?
202(33)
The Origins and Identity of a Movement
235(10)
Dualistic Covenantal Theology
245(64)
Dynamic and Dualistic Views of Covenant
249(1)
Dynamic View of Covenant
250(23)
Dualistic Covenantal Formulations
273(36)
Soteriological Dualism
309(46)
Seed Theology
314(15)
Plant Metaphors
329(15)
Some Important Implications of Soteriological Dualism
344(11)
A New Approach to Apocalyptic Forms
355(38)
Historical Rehearsals---Legacy of Israel's Past Performance
356(26)
Testaments---Final Words of Revered Patriarchs
382(11)
The Dualistic Trajectory of Pneumatology
393(40)
Jubilees---Israel Abandoned to Evil Spirits
396(4)
The Dead Sea Scrolls---Dualistic Pneumatology Defines the Metaphysical Universe
400(19)
Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs---Choosing between God and Beliar
419(5)
The All-Important Flood Paradigm
424(9)
The Messiah-for-the-Elect
433(82)
Approach and Presuppositions
434(3)
The Messianic Context: Progenitors, Paradigms, and Mystical and Revelatory Figures
437(32)
The Messiah-for-the-Elect
469(46)
Eschatology in a Dualistic Context
515(60)
The Dialectic of Restoration in the Zoomorphic History
521(6)
Judgment and Vindication in the Book of Watchers
527(1)
A Conditional Restoration in the Apocalypse of Weeks and the ``Epistle'' of Enoch (Book 5)
528(5)
Restoration as Conversion in Jubilees
533(7)
Instruments of Restoration: The Community of the Dead Sea Scrolls
540(12)
Requisites for Israel's Future Salvation in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
552(3)
Seeking Israel's Promised Restoration in the Psalms of Solomon
555(6)
Eschatological Urgency in 4 Ezra
561(8)
Warning and Consolation in the Eschatology of 2 Baruch
569(6)
``Destruction-Preservation Soteriology''
575(64)
Paradigms for Salvation
576(19)
Destruction-Preservation (D-P) Soteriology
595(39)
The Ultimate Goal --- Vindication of the Remnant by the Rest of Israel
634(5)
Conclusion: Implications of the Theology of the Movement of Dissent for New Testament Study 639(26)
Theological
639(1)
Social
640(1)
Formal
641(1)
Comparative
641(22)
A Pause for Misgivings
663(2)
General Bibliography 665(42)
Index of Subjects 707(9)
Index of Modern Authors 716(12)
Index of Biblical and Extrabiblical Texts 728

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