Apocalypse Against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism
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, 462 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
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The Greek word ἀπόκρυφα (apocrypha) means "hidden" or "secret". It makes little sense, then, that we use it to describe books of the Bible which, as Anathea Portier-Young demonstrates, contain some of its most politically potent messages. Of the texts which Portier-Young examines, only the Book of Daniel is canonical for all Abrahamic religions. The Book of Enoch (with its various components, the Book of Watchers, the Apocalypse of Animals, etc.), and 1 Esdras all stand on the periphery of the w...more
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.