Cosmology and Eschatology in Jewish and Christian by Yarbro Collins

By Yarbro Collins

This quantity offers with Jewish and Christian apocalyptic texts and pursuits from the second one century BCE in the course of the fourth century CE. It makes a speciality of significant issues, cosmology and eschatology; that is, perspectives of constitution of the universe together with its non secular functionality and interpretations of background and the longer term. The precise historic and literary research of those issues are brought via an essay at the cultural hole among the unique contexts of those texts and people of readers this day and the way that hole could be bridged. The ebook bargains with the interrelations among post-biblical Judaism and early Christianity. The proper Jewish texts and heritage are mentioned completely of their personal correct. The Christian fabric is approached in a manner which indicates either its continuity with Jewish culture and its specialty.

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