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 Apocalypse, Prophecy, and Pseudepigraphy brings 19 of his essays together for the first time, including previously unpublished contributions.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.
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“ revelation might be introduced as a vision, or a dream of the night, or a ‘word,’ or just by a verb, such as ‘I saw.’” (Page 3)
“Much of Jewish apocalyptic literature was inspired by three major crises that befell Jerusalem and its temple” (Page 160)
“The sectarians could not participate in the sacrifices in the temple. Instead they recited their songs about the heavenly temple, where they participated in their imagination. This procedure is in fact typically apocalyptic. When the actual empirical world is out of joint, the apocalypses imagine an alternative universe where everything is in order.” (Page 168)
“In Ezekiel’s view, the disaster that befell Israel was caused by the failure to protect the sanctity of the temple. In future, ‘no foreigner, uncircumcised in heart and flesh’ is to enter the sanctuary (44:9).” (Page 161)
“inaugurated a tradition of speculation about an ideal temple and city” (Page 162)
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 The essays gathered here, including several previously unpublished, provide his assessment of the field since the 1970s, dealing lucidly with the major issues, including pseudepigraphy, ethics, and politics.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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