The Subversion of the Apocalypses in the Book of Jubilees

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Society of Biblical Lit, Jun 3, 2012 - Religion - 346 pages
In spite of some scholars’ inclination to include the book of Jubilees as another witness to “Enochic Judaism,” the relationship of Jubilees to the apocalyptic writings and events surrounding the Maccabean revolt has never been adequately clarified. This book builds on scholarship on genre to establish a clear pattern among the ways Jubilees resembles and differs from other apocalypses. Jubilees matches the apocalypses of its day in overall structure and literary morphology. Jubilees also uses the literary genre to raise the issues typical of the apocalypses—including revelation, angels and demons, judgment, and eschatology—but rejects what the apocalypses typically say about those issues, subverting reader expectations with a corrected view. In addition to the main argument concerning Jubilees, this volume’s survey of what is fundamentally apocalyptic about apocalyptic literature advances the understanding of early Jewish apocalyptic literature and, in turn, of later apocalypses and comparable perspectives, including those of Paul and the Qumran sectarians.


Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The Spatial Axis
Chapter 3 The Temporal Axis
Chapter 4 The View of Revelation
Chapter 5 Explanation

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Todd R. Hanneken is Assistant Professor of Theology at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

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