CLASS 14 NOTES

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CLASS 14 NOTES 10/2/08 Apocalyptic Literature (do not confuse with Apocrypha) Apocalypsis (Greek): to unveil 300 B.C. to 100 A.D. Heyday – 165 B.C. Examples: o Daniel o Enoch o Jubilees o IV Ezra o Revelation of John (in New Testament) Charateristics: o Pseudonimity – visions attributed to great figures from the past like Enoch, Moses, Daniel o Numerical symbolism – ex. 4 denotes totality, corners of the earth, seasons o Secret language – names from the past often used to denote contemporary rulers and lands (ex. Revelation of John – Babylon = Rome; sheep and lambs = just) o Doctrine of Angels – example: 4 or 7 archangels (Daniel, Gabriel, Michael, o Division of history into periods – Daniel 7 o Coming time of salvation – the “world to come will emerge after the downfall of this world” Written in times of turmoil – people want something to look forward to Upper class wouldn’t like because didn’t want “good life” to end Lower class liked because something better to come
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This note was uploaded on 01/26/2012 for the course JWST 106 taught by Professor Jodimagness during the Fall '11 term at UNC.

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