The Oxford Handbook of Apocalyptic Literature by John J. Collins

The Oxford Handbook of Apocalyptic Literature

EditorJohn J. Collins

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Apocalypticism arose in ancient Judaism in the last centuries BCE and played a crucial role in the rise of Christianity. It is not only of historical interest: there has been a growing awareness, especially since the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, of the prevalence of apocalypticbeliefs in the contemporary world. To understand these beliefs, it is necessary to appreciate their complex roots in the ancient world, and the multi-faceted character of the phenomenon of apocalypticism.The Oxford Handbook of Apocalyptic Literature is a thematic and phenomenological exploration of apocalypticism in the Judaic and Christian traditions. Most of the volume is devoted to the apocalyptic literature of antiquity. Essays explore the relationship between apocalypticism and prophecy, wisdomand mysticism; the social function of apocalypticism and its role as resistance literature; apocalyptic rhetoric from both historical and postmodern perspectives; and apocalyptic theology, focusing on phenomena of determinism and dualism and exploring apocalyptic theology's role in ancient Judaism,early Christianity, and Gnosticism.The final chapters of the volume are devoted to the appropriation of apocalypticism in the modern world, reviewing the role of apocalypticism in contemporary Judaism and Christianity, and more broadly in popular culture, addressing the increasingly studied relation between apocalypticism andviolence, and discussing the relationship between apocalypticism and trauma, which speaks to the underlying causes of the popularity of apocalyptic beliefs. This volume will further the understanding of a vital religious phenomenon too often dismissed as alien and irrational by secular westernsociety.

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John J. Collins is Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale University. He previously taught at the University of Chicago and at Notre Dame. His books include The Apocalyptic Imagination (1998), The Encyclopedia of Apocalypticism (co-editor; 1998) and The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls (co-editor,...
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Title:The Oxford Handbook of Apocalyptic LiteratureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.98 inPublished:March 26, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. John J. Collins: What is Apocalyptic Literature?Part I. The Literary and Phenomenological Context2. Stephen L. Cook: Apocalyptic Prophecy3. Hindy Najman: The Inheritance of Prophecy in Apocalypse4. Matthew Goff: Wisdom and Apocalypticism5. Alex P. Jassen: Scriptural Interpretation in Early Jewish Apocalypses6. Ra'anan Boustan and Patrick G. McCullough: Apocalyptic Literature and the Study of Early Jewish Mysticism7. Frances Flannery: Dreams and Visions in Early Jewish and Early Christian Apocalypses and ApocalypticismPart II. The Social Function of Apocalyptic Literature8. Philip F. Esler: Social-Scientific Approaches to Apocalyptic Literature9. Anathea Portier-Young: Jewish Apocalyptic Literature as Resistance Literature10. Stephen J. Friesen: Apocalypse and Empire11. Daniel L. Smith-Christopher: A Postcolonial Reading of Apocalyptic LiteraturePart III. Literary Features of Apocalyptic Literature12. Carol A. Newsom: The Rhetoric of Jewish Apocalyptic Literature13. Greg Carey: Early Christian Apocalyptic Rhetoric14. Erin Runions: Deconstructing Apocalyptic Literalist AllegoryPart IV. Apocalyptic Theology15. Mladen Popovic: Apocalyptic Determinism16. Jorg Frey: Apocalyptic Dualism17. Dale C. Allison, Jr.: Apocalyptic Ethics and Behavior18. Matthias Henze: Apocalypse and Torah in Ancient Judaism19. Adela Yarbro Collins: Apocalypticism and Christian Origins20. Jan N. Bremmer: Descents to Hell and Ascents to Heaven in Apocalyptic Literature21. Dylan M. Burns: Apocalypses amongst Gnostics and Manichaeans22. Stefan Beyerle: The Imagined World of the ApocalypsesPart V. Apocalypse Now23. Motti Inbari: Messianism as a Political Power in Contemporary Judaism24. Christopher Rowland: Apocalypticism and Radicalism25. Catherine Wessinger: Apocalypse and Violence26. Amy Johnson Frykholm: Apocalypticism in Contemporary Christianity27. Dereck Daschke: Apocalypse and Trauma28. Lorenzo DiTommaso: Apocalypticism and Popular CultureIndex