By Anathea E. Portier-Young,John J. Collins

A clean and bold tackle old apocalyptic books

The yr 167 b.c.e. marked the start of a interval of severe persecution for the folk of Judea, as Seleucid emperor Antiochus IV Epiphanes tried -- forcibly and brutally -- to get rid of conventional Jewish non secular practices. In Apocalypse opposed to Empire Anathea Portier-Young reconstructs the ancient occasions and key avid gamers during this anxious episode in Jewish heritage and offers a worldly remedy of resistance in early Judaism.

development on an exceptional contextual starting place, Portier-Young argues that the 1st Jewish apocalypses emerged as a literature of resistance to Hellenistic imperial rule. She makes a strong case for this argument through reading 3 extant apocalypses, giving cautious consciousness to the interaction among social idea, background, textual reports, and theological research. specifically, Portier-Young contends, the ebook of Daniel, the Apocalypse of Weeks, and the e-book of desires have been written to provide an oppressed individuals with a powerful antidote to the damaging propaganda of the empire -- renewing their religion within the God of the covenant and answering country terror with radical visions of hope.

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