Cosmology and Eschatology in Jewish and Christian by Yarbro Collins

By Yarbro Collins

This quantity offers with Jewish and Christian apocalyptic texts and pursuits from the second one century BCE throughout the fourth century CE. It specializes in significant subject matters, cosmology and eschatology; that is, perspectives of constitution of the universe together with its spiritual functionality and interpretations of background and the long run. The specified ancient and literary research of those issues are brought by way of an essay at the cultural hole among the unique contexts of those texts and people of readers this day and the way that hole could be bridged. The publication offers with the interrelations among post-biblical Judaism and early Christianity. The suitable Jewish texts and background are mentioned completely of their personal correct. The Christian fabric is approached in a fashion which indicates either its continuity with Jewish culture and its forte.

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If Paul rnviriont-d three h e a ~ c n r ,this parsage ma) 1)c taken as evidence that the originally Rah~lorriantr'idition of three heavens had become conventional. probably alreatly in ttre Judairm to \vhirti Paul hclongecl befbrc* becorning a n apostle of' Christ. zlrnttonic Srom an Old Persian word mraning "p,irk or "gnrtfen" \%itllout any particularly relipjour significance. 'l'hr Hebrtbu Ibrm of the \% OI d docs not occul iri the story of i\d'trn 'itld E\c in C>enc\is 2 3. 'l'he Greek Ibrm, however, wa\ ~rsedin tllc Septu,igint \,errion of these chapters.

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