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Apocalypse against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism

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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 ke ...more
Hardcover, 492 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by Eerdmans
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Michael Lewyn
Apr 01, 2012 Michael Lewyn rated it really liked it
This book has two halves. The first half tries to explain why (assuming that the account in the Book of Maccabees is factually correct) Antiochus, the king of the Syria-based Selucid Empire, oppressed the Jews, leading to the Maccabees' revolt and of course the story of Chanukah arising from the revolt's success. The second half addresses the books of Daniel and Enoch, two books which (according to the authors) may have been Jewish responses to Selucid oppression.

To begin with, even before Antio
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jon
Jun 25, 2012 jon rated it it was amazing
Some expertise in the dynamics of the subject--its history, literature, and religion--is a prerequisite to appreciating the treasures of Apocalypse Against Empire. A landmark and necessary read of careful research that will alter the way you read Seleucid rule in Judea and apocalypse as theological response.
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An amazing and thought provoking look at the way apocalyptic literature helps communities resist oppressive empires. Definitely worth your read if you have the time.
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