* A groundbreaking study of Judean life and apocalyptic writings in the Greco-Roman world. Surveying responses in Second Temple literature to the rise of Hellenistic and Roman empires, Horsley traces the development of a coherent movement of defiance, critique, and resistance to tyranny. An essential resource for students of ancient Judaism and the Old and New Testaments. 192 pages, softcover from Fortress.
In previous studies, Richard A. Horsley has set Jesus in the context of Jewish prophetic and social banditry movements and has elaborated the imperial context of the New Testament writings. Here he surveys responses in Second Temple Jewish literature to the rise of Hellenistic and Roman empires, discovering in a range of apocalyptic writings the traces of a coherent movement of defiance, critique, and resistance to tyranny. Revolt of the Scribes breaks new ground in the study of apocalyptic origins and in our understanding of Jewish life in the Greco-Roman world.