By Anathea E. Portier-Young,John J. Collins
The yr 167 b.c.e. marked the start of a interval of severe persecution for the folks of Judea, as Seleucid emperor Antiochus IV Epiphanes tried -- forcibly and brutally -- to remove conventional Jewish non secular practices. In Apocalypse opposed to Empire Anathea Portier-Young reconstructs the ancient occasions and key gamers during this irritating episode in Jewish historical past and offers a worldly remedy of resistance in early Judaism.
development on a superb contextual starting place, Portier-Young argues that the 1st Jewish apocalypses emerged as a literature of resistance to Hellenistic imperial rule. She makes a strong case for this argument by way of studying 3 extant apocalypses, giving cautious awareness to the interaction among social idea, historical past, textual reports, and theological research. particularly, Portier-Young contends, the publication of Daniel, the Apocalypse of Weeks, and the ebook 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 kingdom terror with radical visions of hope.
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Apocalypse against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism by Anathea E. Portier-Young,John J. Collins