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Ascent to Heaven in Jewish and Christian Apocalypses

byMartha Himmelfarb

Hardcover | September 1, 1987

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This is a study of the ancient Jewish and Christian apocalypses involving ascent into heaven, which have received little scholarly attention in comparison to apocalypses concerned primarily with the end of the world. Recent developments like the publication of the Aramaic Enoch fragments fromQumran and interest in questions of genre in the study of the apocalypses make this a particularly appropriate time to undertake this study. Martha Himmelfarb places the apocalypses in relation to both their biblical antecedents and their context in the Greco-Roman world. Her analysis emphasizes theemergence of the understanding of heaven as temple in the Book of the Watchers, the earliest of these apocalypses, and the way in which this understanding affects the depiction of the culmination of ascent, the hero's achievement of a place among the angels, in the ascent apocalypses generally. Italso considers the place of secrets of nature and primeval history in these works. Finally, it offers an interpretation of the pseudepigraphy of the apocalypses and their function.
Martha Himmelfarb is at Princeton University.
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Title:Ascent to Heaven in Jewish and Christian ApocalypsesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 9.57 × 6.3 × 0.79 inPublished:September 1, 1987Publisher:Oxford University Press

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This is a comprehensive study of the ancient Jewish and Christian apocalypses involving ascent into heaven, which have hitherto received little scholarly attention in comparson to apocalypses concerned primarily with the end of the world. Martha Himmelfarb places the ascent apocalypses in relation to both their biblical antecedents and their context in the Greco-Roman world. She examines the emergence of the understanding of heaven as temple in the Book of the Watchers, the earliest of these apocalypses, and shows how this understanding affects the depiction of the culmination of ascent, the hero's achievement of a place among the angels, in the ascent apocalypses generally. She also considers the place of secrets of nature and primeval history in these works. Finally, she offers an interpretation of the pseudepigraphy of the apocalypses and their function. Scholars and students of ancient Judaism will find Ascent to Heaven in Jewish and Christian Apocalypses illuminating, as will those with an interest in early Christianity and New Testament scholarship.

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"An important addition to the literature about the ascent apocalypses. Not only is it an up-to-date overview of scholarship and a cutting-edge contribution to the discussion, but given its thorough review of basic issues such as date, provenance, and contents of the documents, it can alsoserve as a useful introductory text for upper-level and graduate classes reading the ascent apocalypses."--IOUDAIOS Review