Conflicted Boundaries in Wisdom And Apocalypticism by Benjamin G. Wright, Lawrence M. Wills

By Benjamin G. Wright, Lawrence M. Wills

The thought that knowledge and apocalypticism symbolize essentially assorted and collectively particular different types of style and worldview in early Jewish and Christian literature persists in present scholarship. The essays during this quantity, the paintings of the knowledge and Apocalypticism team of the Society of Biblical Literature, problem that more often than not held view as they discover the social destinations and scholarly buildings of those literatures and realize an old fact of extra porous different types and intricate interrelationships. the amount attracts on a huge variety of Jewish and Christian texts, together with 1 Enoch, Sirach, 4QInstruction, Psalms of Solomon, James, Revelation, and Barnabas.

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The former may well reflect the belief that the circumstances of the nation or one’s community reflected the covenantal curses and required careful searching of the Torah to determine precisely how it was to be obeyed (Jub. 23:17; CD 1). In discussing the social settings in which the wise did their exposition and admonition, we need to consider the issue of community and community setting. Here caution is important, because diversity is likely. The detailed evidence that we have about the Qumran community is helpful but can send us in wrong directions.

10. Collins, “Apocalyptic Literature,” 355. 11. Jonathan Z. Smith, “Wisdom and Apocalyptic,” in Religious Syncretism in Antiquity: Essays in Conversation with Geo Widengren (ed. B. A. : Scholars Press, 1975), 131–56, repr. in Smith, Map Is Not Territory: Studies in the History of Religion (SJLA 23; Leiden: Brill, 1978), 67–87; R. A. Coughenour, “The Woe Oracles in Ethiopic Enoch,” JSJ 9 (1978): 192–97; idem, “The Wisdom Stance of Enoch’s Redactor,” JSJ 13 (1982): 47–55; Randal A. Argall, 1 Enoch and Sirach: A Comparative Literary and Conceptual Analysis of the Themes of Revelation, Creation and Judgment (SBLEJL 8; Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1995).

Little space is devoted to periodized reviews of history. The judgment is rooted in creation, where the places of reward and punishment are located (chs. 17–36). Reward and punishment are referred to in woes and exhortations typical of the prophetic tradition (chs. 92–105). 3. New or Derived Revelation The claims of revelation in the wisdom literature tend to be tied to traditional texts, namely, the Mosaic Torah and the prophets. The authors of apocalyptic texts, while they actually draw heavily on the Torah and the prophets, present new revelations, although they attribute them variously to pre-Mosaic authors (Enoch and Abraham), Moses himself, and post-Mosaic figures (Daniel, Ezra and Baruch).

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