Ascent to Heaven in Jewish and Christian Apocalypses

Ascent to Heaven in Jewish and Christian Apocalypses

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This book is a study of the ancient Jewish and Christian apocalypses involving ascent into heaven, which have received little scholarly attention relative to apocalypses concerned primarily with the end of the world. Recent developments like the publication of the Aramaic Enoch fragments from Qumran and interest in questions of genre in the study of the apocalypses make this a particularly appropriate time to undertake this study. The book emphasizes the emergence of the understanding of heaven as temple in the Book of the Watchers, the earliest of these apocalypses, and the way in which this understanding affects the depiction of the culmination of ascent, the hero's achievement of a place among the angels, in the ascent apocalypses generally. It also considers the place of secrets of nature and the story of creation in these works. Finally, it offers an interpretation of the pseudepigraphy of the apocalypses and their function. It places the apocalypses in relation to both their biblical antecedents and their context in the Greco-Roman world.show more

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  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 160 x 236.7 x 17.5mm | 487.7g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195082036
  • 9780195082036
  • 1,015,965

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This monograph provides a welcome continuation of the trend away from a pre-occupation with eschatology when studying the apocalypses. Himmelfarb offers good evidence that priestly speculation played a role in the early apocalypses ... She makes a good case for regarding these apocalypses as scribal products. * Reviews in Religion and Theology *show more

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This is a comprehensive study of the ancient Jewish and Christian apocalypses involving ascent into heaven, which have hitherto received little scholarly attention in comparson to apocalypses concerned primarily with the end of the world. Martha Himmelfarb places the ascent apocalypses in relation to both their biblical antecedents and their context in the Greco-Roman world. She examines the emergence of the understanding of heaven as temple in the Book of the Watchers, the earliest of these apocalypses, and shows how this understanding affects the depiction of the culmination of ascent, the hero's achievement of a place among the angels, in the ascent apocalypses generally. She also considers the place of secrets of nature and primeval history in these works. Finally, she offers an interpretation of the pseudepigraphy of the apocalypses and their function. Scholars and students of ancient Judaism will find Ascent to Heaven in Jewish and Christian Apocalypses illuminating, as will those with an interest in early Christianity and New Testament scholarship.show more

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