Philip Davies

in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199254255
Published online April 2009 |

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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This chapter begins with a discussion of apocalyptic technique and the origins of apocalyptic writing, which can be traced back to an aspect of religion prevalent throughout the Near East divination. Jewish apocalypses are then discussed. The last part of the chapter focuses on the book of Daniel, the main Old Testament exemplar, and the book of 1 Enoch, which contains the earliest and in many respects most important Palestinian Jewish apocalypses.

Keywords: Apocalypse; apocalyptic literature; Enoch; Daniel; divination

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Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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