Apocalypse Against Empire
Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism

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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 key players in this traumatic episode in Jewish history and provides a sophisticated treatment of resistance in early Judaism.Building on a solid contextual foundation, Portier-Young argues that the first Jewish apocalypses emerged as a literature of resistance to Hellenistic imperial rule. In particular, Portier-Young contends, the book of Daniel, the Apocalypse of Weeks, and the Book of Dreams were written to supply an oppressed people with a potent antidote to the destructive propaganda of the empire -- renewing their faith in the God of the covenant and answering state terror with radical visions of hope.

AuthorAnathea E. Portier-Young
Height925 mm
Length625 mm
Width81 mm
Weight154 g
Language TypePublished
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages488
Package Quantity1
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2014-02-24
PublisherWilliam B Eerdmans Publishing Co
StudioWilliam B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Sales Rank774077

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