Apocalypse, Prophecy, and Pseudepigraphy: On Jewish Apocalyptic Literature

Apocalypse, Prophecy, and Pseudepigraphy: On Jewish Apocalyptic Literature

Apocalypse, Prophecy, and Pseudepigraphy: On Jewish Apocalyptic Literature

Apocalypse, Prophecy, and Pseudepigraphy: On Jewish Apocalyptic Literature

Synopsis

A highly regarded expert on the Jewish apocalyptic tradition, John J. Collins has written extensively on the subject. Nineteen of his essays written over the last fifteen years, including previously unpublished contributions, are brought together for the first time in this volume. Its thematic essays organized in five sections, Apocalypse, Prophecy, and Pseudepigraphy complements and enriches Collins's well-known book The Apocalyptic Imagination.

Excerpt

The essays in this volume have been written over the last fifteen years. Two of them have not been published previously.

The introductory essay revisits the problem of defining Apocalypse as a literary genre, in light of developments in literary theory over the last few decades.

The remaining essays are grouped into five parts. in the first part, three essays deal with the relationship between apocalypse and prophecy. the second part contains five essays on different apocalyptic texts, each of which represents a distinctive variation on the genre. the third part considers three important themes in apocalyptic literature. the fourth deals with pseudepigraphy, by considering three different examples. the final section, on Ethics and Politics, contains four essays, and discusses some of the troubling ethical issues raised by apocalyptic texts.

These essays complement my book The Apocalyptic Imagination (3rd ed.; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016), which discusses the various apocalyptic writings in their historical contexts, by studies that are primarily thematic. Readers should also note my edited volume, The Oxford Handbook of Apocalyptic Literature (New York: Oxford, 2014), which offers a wider range of thematic essays by multiple authors.

My thanks are due to Michael Thomson, who acquired the volume for Eerdmans and guided it through production, to James Nati, who compiled the bibliography, and to Laura Carlson, who compiled the indices.

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