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Apocalyptic Literature

ISBN-10: 0687051967
ISBN-13: 9780687051960
Edition: 2003
Authors: Stephen L. Cook
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Description: Biblical texts create worlds of meaning and invite readers to enter them. When readers enter such textual worlds, which are strange and complex, they are confronted with theological claims. With this in mind, the purpose of the IBT series is to help  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 11/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 233
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Biblical texts create worlds of meaning and invite readers to enter them. When readers enter such textual worlds, which are strange and complex, they are confronted with theological claims. With this in mind, the purpose of the IBT series is to help serious readers in their experience of reading and interpreting by providing guides for their journeys into textual worlds. The focus of the series is not so much on the world behind the text as on the worlds created by the texts in their engagement with readers.Nowhere is the world of the biblical text stranger than in the apocalyptic literature of both the Old and New Testaments. In this volume, Stephen Cook makes the puzzling visions and symbols of the biblical apocalyptic literature intelligible to modern readers. He begins with definitions of apocalypticism and apocalyptic literature and introduces the various scholarly approaches to and issues for our understanding of the text. Cook introduces the reader to the social and historical worlds of the apocalyptic groups that gave rise to such literature and leads the reader into a better appreciation and understanding of the theological import of biblical apocalyptic literature.In the second major section of the book, Cook guides the reader through specific examples of the Bible's apocalyptic literature. He addresses both the best-known examples (the biblical books of Daniel and Revelation) and other important but lesser known examples (Zechariah and some words of Jesus and Paul).

(2001) Stephen L. Cook is Associate Professor of Old Testament, Virginia Theological Seminary. His Prophecy and Apocalypticism: The Postexilic Social Setting (Fortress Press, 1995) was named Outstanding Book of the Year by the professional journal Choice.

Foreword
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Issues in Interpreting Apocalyptic Texts
Encountering Apocalyptic Worlds
What Is Apocalypticism?
Biblical Apocalyptic Literature
The Roots of Apocalyptic Imagination
The Danger of Domesticating the Apocalyptic Texts
Domesticating Apocalyptic Texts through Spiritual and Symbolic Readings
Domesticating Apocalyptic Texts through Futuristic Readings or through Historicized Readings
Domesticating Apocalyptic Texts through Overly Credulous or Overly Suspicious Readings
A New Search for the Literal Sense of Apocalyptic Texts
Formulating a Canonical Approach
Theological Contributions of Apocalyptic Texts
Apocalyptic Texts and Liberation
The Social Worlds Behind the Apocalyptic Literature
The Rise of Apocalyptic Groups
Various Biblical Texts, Various Apocalyptic Groups
Reading the Apocalyptic Texts of the Bible
Early Apocalyptic Texts among the Prophetic Books
Selected Texts within Ezekiel
The Book of Zechariah
The Book of Joel
Selected Texts within Isaiah
The Book of Malachi
The Book of Daniel
Issues in Reading
Tracing Scriptural Allusions in Daniel
Contents and Theological Highlights
Reading Daniel as Canonical Scripture
Group Origins and Social Background
Apocalypticism and the Jesus Group
Jesus as an Apocalyptic Herald
Jesus' Catastrophic Messiahship
Jesus' Transcendent Identity
Apocalyptic Worlds and the Early Christian Churches
The Letters of Paul
The Apocalyptic Discourse of the Gospels
The Book of Revelation
Issues in Reading
Tracing Scriptural Allusions in Revelation
Contents and Theological Highlights
Reading Revelation as Canonical Scripture
Group Origins and Social Background
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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