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Bibil Identifier bibil:245786
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) A Blessed Rage for Order
Title (English, ) Apocalypticism, Esoteric Revelation, and the Cultural Politics of Knowledge in the Hellenistic Age
Author Goff, Matthew
Journal Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel (Volume: 5, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2016
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2016
Year (Copyright) 2016
Year (Reference) 2016
Language English
Pages 193-211 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The production of knowledge is a core element of the apocalyptic literature of Second Temple Judaism. Critical for understanding this trope is the legitimization of esoteric knowledge as heavenly revelation. Apocalypses in this way put forward totalizing systems of knowledge by which the world can be understood. The presentation of such knowledge as revelation transforms it into an intellectual commodity that various social groups can utilize. This essay argues that the theme of supernatural revelation in apocalyptic literature should be understood not simply in the context of political crises, such as the Maccabean revolt, but also in terms of the cultural politics of knowledge in the Hellenistic Age.
DOI 10.1628/186870316X14805954607551
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Apocalyptic
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Esoterism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Hellenistic Period (333-63)
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