By Anathea E. Portier-Young,John J. Collins
The 12 months 167 b.c.e. marked the start of a interval of excessive persecution for the folks of Judea, as Seleucid emperor Antiochus IV Epiphanes tried -- forcibly and brutally -- to remove conventional Jewish spiritual practices. In Apocalypse opposed to Empire Anathea Portier-Young reconstructs the ancient occasions and key avid gamers during this annoying episode in Jewish historical past and gives a cosmopolitan remedy of resistance in early Judaism.
construction on a high-quality contextual beginning, Portier-Young argues that the 1st Jewish apocalypses emerged as a literature of resistance to Hellenistic imperial rule. She makes a robust case for this argument via interpreting 3 extant apocalypses, giving cautious consciousness to the interaction among social conception, background, textual reports, and theological research. particularly, Portier-Young contends, the ebook of Daniel, the Apocalypse of Weeks, and the publication of desires have been written to provide an oppressed individuals with a powerful antidote to the harmful propaganda of the empire -- renewing their religion within the God of the covenant and answering country terror with radical visions of hope.
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