Apocalypse Against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism

Apocalypse Against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism

By: Anathea E. Portier-Young (author)Hardback

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"A fresh and daring take on ancient apocalyptic books" The year 167 b.c.e. marked the beginning of a period of intense persecution for the people of Judea, as Seleucid emperor Antiochus IV Epiphanes attempted -- forcibly and brutally -- to eradicate traditional Jewish religious practices. In"Apocalypse against Empire"Anathea Portier-Young reconstructs the historical events and key players in this traumatic episode in Jewish history and provides a sophisticated treatment of resistance in early Judaism. Building on a solid contextual foundation, Portier-Young argues that the first Jewish apocalypses emerged as a literature of resistance to Hellenistic imperial rule. She makes a sturdy case for this argument by examining three extant apocalypses, giving careful attention to the interplay between social theory, history, textual studies, and theological analysis. In particular, Portier-Young contends, the book of Daniel, the Apocalypse of Weeks, and the Book of Dreams were written to supply an oppressed people with a potent antidote to the destructive propaganda of the empire -- renewing their faith in the God of the covenant and answering state terror with radical visions of hope."

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  • publication date: 01/03/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780802865984
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 480
  • ID: 9780802865984
  • weight: 857
  • ISBN10: 0802865984

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