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This quantity offers with Jewish and Christian apocalyptic texts and events from the second one century BCE during the fourth century CE. It specializes in significant topics, cosmology and eschatology; that is, perspectives of constitution of the universe together with its non secular functionality and interpretations of historical past and the longer term. The particular ancient and literary research of those topics 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 might be bridged. The booklet offers with the interrelations among post-biblical Judaism and early Christianity. The proper Jewish texts and background are mentioned completely of their personal correct. The Christian fabric is approached in a fashion which indicates either its continuity with Jewish culture and its specialty.

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