John J. Collins is a highly regarded expert on Jewish apocalyptic texts, and has written extensively on the subject over the last 15 years. Apocalypse, Prophecy, and Pseudepigraphy brings 19 of his essays together for the first time, including previously unpublished contributions.
After an introductory essay that revisits the problem of defining Apocalypse as a literary genre, Collins deals with a number of different topics, including the relationship between apocalypse and prophecy and the troubling ethical issues raised by apocalyptic texts. Collins also examines several specific examples to show the themes and variation present in the genre. Organized in five sections, these thematic essays complement and enrich Collins’ well-known book The Apocalyptic Imagination.
For more by John J. Collins, check out The Apocalyptic Imagination.
Collins has made Second Temple Judaism accessible like few other scholars, offering an authoritative voice that often determines the course of ideas and scholarship in the field. These essays not only provide a marvelous summary of the field at large but also establish a trajectory for future study. An indispensable volume for the student of early apocalyptic literature.
—Matthias Henze, Watt J. and Lilly G. Jackson Professor in Biblical Studies, Rice University
Brilliant. . . . Collins’ leading scholarship is always adorned with clarity and creativity. The essays gathered here, including several previously unpublished, provide his assessment of the field since the 1970s, dealing lucidly with the major issues, including pseudepigraphy, ethics, and politics. This will become a milestone collection on apocalyptic studies.
—Michael E. Stone, professor emeritus of Armenian Studies and Comparative Religion, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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John J. Collins is Holmes professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School and has served as president of both the Society of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Association. His many books include A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Second Edition, Christian Beginnings and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism.