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|Title: Ascent to Heaven in Jewish and Christian Apocalypses|
By: Martha Himmelfarb
Format: Other, N/A
Number of Pages: 184
Vendor: Oxford University Press
|Dimensions: 9.56 X 6.31 X .784 (inches)|
Weight: 9 ounces
Stock No: WW2036
Qumran and interest in questions of genre in the study of the apocalypses make this a particularly appropriate time to undertake this study. Martha Himmelfarb places the apocalypses in relation to both their biblical antecedents and their context in the Greco-Roman world. Her analysis emphasizes the
emergence of the understanding of heaven as temple in the Book of the Watchers, the earliest of these apocalypses, and the way in which this understanding affects the depiction of the culmination of ascent, the hero's achievement of a place among the angels, in the ascent apocalypses generally. It
also considers the place of secrets of nature and primeval history in these works. Finally, it offers an interpretation of the pseudepigraphy of the apocalypses and their function.
"This elegantly written and richly documented study presents the mature fruit of [Himmelfarb's] efforts and, by raising discussion of this literature to a new level of sophistication, constitutes a major intellectual achievement....Himmelfarb presents a highly provocative and generally persuasive
study."--The Journal of Religion
"An informative study."--Southwestern Journal of Theology
"Himmelfarb's book is a valuable study that is a pleasure to read. She writes clearly and insightfully about texts that receive relatively little attention, and she uses them to address large issues in the study of the apocalypses....[An] excellent book." --Journal of Biblical Literature
"An important addition to the literature about the ascent apocalypses. Not only is it an up-to-date overview of scholarship and a cutting-edge contribution to the discussion, but given its thorough review of basic issues such as date, provenance, and contents of the documents, it can also serve as a
useful introductory text for upper-level and graduate classes reading the ascent apocalypses."--IOUDAIOS Review
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