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Apocalypse against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism

Anathea E. Portier-Young

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ISBN 10: 080287083X / ISBN 13: 9780802870834
Published by Eerdmans, 2014
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Title: Apocalypse against Empire: Theologies of ...

Publisher: Eerdmans

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Reprint.

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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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Anathea E. Portier-Young is associate professor of Old Testament at Duke Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina.

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