The Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature

The Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature

The Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature

The Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature

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This volume is the product of more than a decade of study, begun when I was a graduate student at Harvard University. Along the way numerous mentors and friends have informed and corrected my work. Three groups deserve special mention: my teachers at Harvard (Frank M. Cross, Paul D. Hanson, and John Strugnell), the task-force on Forms and Genres of Religious Literature in Late Antiquity, and my colleagues in the Pseudepigrapha Group of the Society of Biblical Literature. Above all my thanks are due to my most constant collaborator, Adela Yarbro Collins. The book is dedicated to our children, who show us how fantastic imagination can be.

I also wish to thank the editors of: Catholic Biblical Quarterly for permission to adapt my article "The Apocalyptic Technique: Setting and Function in the Book of the Watchers" (CBQ 44 "1982" 91–111); Journal for the Study of the Old Testament for permission to adapt my article "Apocalyptic Genre and Mythic Allusions in Daniel" (JSOT21 "1981" 83–100); Eisenbrauns Publishing Co. for permission to adapt my article "Patterns of Eschatology at Qumran" (Traditions in Transformation, edited by B. Halpern and J. D. Levenson); Scholars Press for permission to adapt my article "The Heavenly Representative: The 'Son of Man' in the Similitudes of Enoch" (from Ideal Figures in Ancient Judaism, edited by G. W. E. Nickelsburg and J. J. Collins) and to use material from Semeia 14; J. C. B. Mohr, Tübingen, for permission to adapt my article "The Genre Apocalypse in Hellenistic Judaism" (from Apocalypticism in the Mediterranean World and the Near East, edited by D. Hellholm).

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