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Knowing the End From the Beginning: The Prophetic, Apocalyptic, and their Relationship



Much has been written on prophecy and apocalyptic in recent decades, but the relationship between the two has been little explored. A major explicit debate on the question is very much needed and is now provided here. This collection of essays addresses the subject from a variety of points of view, including the issues of definitions, ancient Near Eastern ‘prophecies’, social anthropology, place of the temple, and modern apocalyptic movements. The Introduction summarizes the individual essays and then engages the contributors in a debate on the main points relevant to the topic. It argues that many scholars operate with subconscious assumptions about how apocalyptic writings relate to the prophetic writings but that many of these assumptions now need to be questioned in the light of the essays in this volume. Such a comprehensive attempt to tackle the main theoretical issues arising from the study of the prophetic and the apocalyptic has not been attempted for some time. Most of the contributors are already well known for their contribution to scholarship on prophecy, apocalypticism, or both. This volume brings fresh questions and insights that both specialists and students will want to consider.

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  • Considers the relationship between prophetic and apocalyptic literature
  • Examines commonly used definitions and categories
  • Surveys recent studies relating to the subject of apocalyptic
  • Introduction and Overview
  • Prophecy, Apocalypse and Eschatology: Reflections on the Proposals of Lester Grabbe
  • Transformations of Apocalypticism in Early Christianity
  • The Changing Face of Babylon in Prophetic/Apocalyptic Literature: Seventh Century BCE to First Century CE and Beyond
  • The Eschatology of Zechariah
  • Mythological Discourse in Ezekjel and Daniel and the Rise of Apocalypticism in Israel
  • Prophetic and Apocalyptic: Time for New Definitions —and New Thinking
  • Neither Prophecies nor Apocalypses: The Akkadian Literary Predictive Texts
  • Apocalypse, Prophecy and the New Testament
  • The Priesthood and the Proto-Apocalyptic Reading of Prophetic and Pentateuchal Texts
  • Are You the One? the Textual Dynamics of Messianic Self-Identity
  • Poets, Scribes, or Preachers? The Reality of Prophecy in the Second Temple Period
  • The Triumph of Confession
  • David E. Aune
  • Alice Ogden Bellis
  • John J. Collins
  • Stephen L. Cook
  • Lester L. Grabbe
  • Robert D. Haak
  • Martti Nissinen
  • Christopher Rowland
  • Marvin A. Sweeney
  • James D. Tabor
This collection is a must read for serious students of apocalyptic literature....it does clarify several points of debate and offers the opinions of most of today’s finest scholars of apocalyptic literature and its relationship to prophecy.

—The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 67, 2005

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Lester L. Grabbe is Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism at the University of Hull. He is founder and convenor of the European Seminar in Historical Methodology. A recent book is Ancient Israel: What Do We Know and How Do We Know it?

Robert D. Haak is Professor of Religion, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.


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