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Jewish Apocalyptic and Its History (Journal for the Study of by Paolo Sacchi

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By Paolo Sacchi

This translation of L'apocalittica giudaica e los angeles sua storia makes Professor Sacchi's cutting edge thesis on Jewish apocalyptic to be had to a much broader, English-reading viewers. Sacchi argues that the time period 'apocalyptic' is a latest invention, deriving from the desire to conceptualize the sector of analysis at the affinities among the Apocalypse of John and different works of its time. those affinities don't simply relate to literary personality and shape but in addition partly to content material. concentrating on the cloth of 'Enoch' Sacchi concludes that what's wanted is a extra distinctive, literary and old definition of 'apocalyptic'.>

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There is no agreed list of such books. 10 From a phrase like this we learn that the literary concept of apocalyptic and the historical-ideological one do not coincide and that, given the lack of agreement, it remains difficult to establish which books are apoca­ lyptic. But there is also the suspicion that the problem may be even more vast, that we are actually uncertain about which ideological elements characterize apocalyptic. This uncertainty is natural, if we remember the ahistorical method of proceeding used by scholars.

The choice of a pseudepigraphal name suits the meaning: it is not an autonomous fact with respect to the author. 2. 4-6), to The Apocalypse of Abraham (30). 'One could cite a great many other passages if one wished. '' It is evident that in the apocalypses, or in most of them, there wafts an air of pessimism. But it can be doubted that this pessimism is linked above all to the sense of final catastrophe. The catastrophe is awaited as liberation from Belial; it is therefore a reason for hope. The pessimism can be linked to the terrible sense of the necessity of the catastrophe in the case in which this is sensed as really imminent.

Point 3, the meaning of the cosmos, which is and does not become, includes a certain determinism. It is not clear to what degree the author is conscious of all the consequences of his idea. 3) can already see the end-time. The qualitative differences of historical periods are not theorized: there is therefore no doctrine of cycles, as will appear, in the second century BCE, in the Book of Jubilees. The doctrine of cycles can well be seen as a development of the first stage of apocalyptic: it is the attempt to insert history and time into the dimension of the cosmos, which is and which becomes.

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