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Invention of JudaismTorah and Jewish Identity from Deuteronomy to Paul$
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John J. Collins

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520294110

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520294110.001.0001

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Torah and Apocalypticism

Torah and Apocalypticism

(p.114) Chapter 6 Torah and Apocalypticism
Invention of Judaism

John J. Collins

University of California Press

The earliest apocalypses, in the books of Enoch and Daniel, appeal to a source of revelation that is independent of the Mosaic Torah. The sectarian Dead Sea Scrolls, however, combine a fundamental emphasis on the Torah with a claim of higher revelation, which guides the proper interpretation of the Torah. Similarly the apocalypses of the late first century CE, 4 Ezra and 2 Baruch, revere the Torah, but supplement it with apocalyptic visions.

Keywords:   Apocalypse, covenantal nomism, dualism, visions, Dead Sea Scrolls

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