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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 excessive persecution for the folk of Judea, as Seleucid emperor Antiochus IV Epiphanes tried -- forcibly and brutally -- to eliminate conventional Jewish spiritual practices. In Apocalypse opposed to Empire Anathea Portier-Young reconstructs the historic occasions and key gamers during this worrying episode in Jewish background and offers a cosmopolitan therapy of resistance in early Judaism.

construction on a superior contextual origin, Portier-Young argues that the 1st Jewish apocalypses emerged as a literature of resistance to Hellenistic imperial rule. She makes a robust case for this argument by means of reading 3 extant apocalypses, giving cautious recognition to the interaction among social idea, background, textual experiences, and theological research. specifically, Portier-Young contends, the booklet of Daniel, the Apocalypse of Weeks, and the booklet of goals have been written to provide an oppressed individuals with a effective antidote to the harmful 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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