Cosmology and Eschatology in Jewish and Christian by Yarbro Collins

By Yarbro Collins

This quantity offers with Jewish and Christian apocalyptic texts and activities from the second one century BCE during the fourth century CE. It makes a speciality of significant subject matters, cosmology and eschatology; that is, perspectives of constitution of the universe together with its non secular functionality and interpretations of historical past and the longer term. The specific old and literary research of those subject matters 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 might be bridged. The ebook offers with the interrelations among post-biblical Judaism and early Christianity. The suitable Jewish texts and heritage are mentioned completely of their personal correct. The Christian fabric is approached in a manner which exhibits either its continuity with Jewish culture and its area of expertise.

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Cted to live in accordance with 1hc4r inhc~ritoclor chosen, unprovable perslwctive. \l'lr;rt is real is what can be perceived \\it11 t11c wn\cs, nncasirrrd and tested, or at least verbalized. red or ,lt It*ast taken niorc s e ~ i ously. " 'I'he forms and contcrrts of tht- apocalyptic visions are cc=rtainly conditioned by the cultural and lingnistic contexts in whiclr they arose. But cross-cuttural sinlila~itiessuggest a common root in tlre psychology of rcligio~~ arrd perhaps ever1 in experience.

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