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Persepolis and Jerusalem: Iranian Influence on the Apocalyptic Hermeneutic

Jason M. Silverman

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Paperback. 320 pages. Dimensions: 9.1in. x 6.1in. x 0.9in.Persepolis and Jerusalem reconsiders Iranian influence upon Jewish apocalyptic, and offers grounds upon which such study may proceed. After describing the history of scholarship on the question of Iranian influence and on Jewish apocalyptic, Jason M. Silverman reformulates the methodology for understanding apocalyptic and influence. Two chapters set the discussion firmly in the Achaemenid Empire, describing the sources for Iranian religion, the issues involved in attempting a historical reconstruction, the methodology by which one can date the various texts and ideas, and the potential loci for Iranian-Judaean interaction. The historical context is expanded through media-contextualization, particularly Oral Theory, and critiques the standard text-centric method of current Biblical Scholarship. With this background, pericopes from Ezekiel, Daniel, and 1 Enoch are analyzed for Iranian influence. The study then brings together the contexts and analyses to argue for an Apocalyptic Hermeneutic which relates the phenomena of apocalypticism, apocalypse, and millenarianism-seeing the hermeneutic as a dialectical thread holding them all together as well as apart- and posits this as the best place to understand Iranian influences. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780567173836

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Persepolis and Jerusalem reconsiders Iranian influence upon Jewish apocalyptic, and offers grounds upon which such study may proceed. After describing the history of scholarship on the question of Iranian influence and on Jewish apocalyptic, Jason M. Silverman reformulates the methodology for understanding apocalyptic and influence. Two chapters set the discussion firmly in the Achaemenid Empire, describing the sources for Iranian religion, the issues involved in attempting a historical reconstruction, the methodology by which one can date the various texts and ideas, and the potential loci for Iranian-Judaean interaction. The historical context is expanded through media-contextualization, particularly Oral Theory, and critiques the standard text-centric method of current Biblical Scholarship.

With this background, pericopes from Ezekiel, Daniel, and 1 Enoch are analyzed for Iranian influence. The study then brings together the contexts and analyses to argue for an ‘Apocalyptic Hermeneutic' which relates the phenomena of apocalypticism, apocalypse, and millenarianism―seeing the hermeneutic as a dialectical thread holding them all together as well as apart― and posits this as the best place to understand Iranian influences.

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The writings known as apocalypses sit at the vortex of east and west, constituting a significant source of scholarly controversies in the study of emerging Judaism and Christianity. These works--which largely fall in the period between the books which would eventually make up the collections of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament--are powerful and often obscure, dealing with many of the perennial issues which occupy the religious mind: the problems of suffering and of evil, the afterlife, and the appropriate source of religious authority. As such, they are extremely important not only in the history of Second Temple Judaism (ca. 597 b.c.e.-70 c.e.) but for the history of religions as well. The issues which come into play in the study of the apocalypses are questions which underlie many areas in the humanities: how do humans receive, understand, reformulate, and transmit traditions?
A major desideratum in the study of the Jewish apocalypses is whether or not they evidence Iranian influence, from either of the two relevant Iranian empires with which the Judaeans came into contact, the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550 b.c.e.-330 b.c.e.) or the Parthian Empire (ca. 250 b.c.e.-224 c.e.). Although some scholars considered the potential of Iranian influence as early as the eighteenth century, an adequate, comprehensive study of the question remains unwritten. A plethora of studies on the problem were conducted around the turn of the twentieth century, yet their excesses and racial biases discredited the topic. Recent advances in the fields of biblical studies and Iranian studies, however, mean the time is ripe for renewed, in-depth research of the question.

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