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Apocalyptic

Philip Davies

in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780199237777
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199237777.003.0023

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Apocalyptic

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In the Old Testament, apocalyptic literature (or simply ‘apocalyptic’, as the genre is often called) might not seem to occupy a prominent place. Only the book of Daniel falls into this category. Despite its poor representation in the Bible, apocalyptic literature is not a fringe activity; nor are its contents peripheral to an understanding of Judaism (or Christianity, for that matter). This article 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: apocalyptic literature; Old Testament; Daniel; Judaism; 1 Enoch; apocalypse

Article.  5654 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Judaism and Jewish Studies ; Christianity ; Islam ; Philosophy of Religion ; Religious Studies

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