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Inventing Apocalypse: God, Courts and Courtiers

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Inventing Apocalypse: God, Courts and Courtiers

Apocalyptic literature (like the Apocalypse in the New Testament and many other ancient Jewish and Christian works) deals with a revelation by
a heavenly figure to a human being concerning the secrets of the cosmos and of God’s divine purpose for us and for creation.
This lecture will offer a new explanation for the origin and nature of the oldest apocalyptic text, ‘the Book of the Watchers’ (1 Enoch 1-36). Taking a position focusing on ancient Israel as an ethnic group, rather than a religion, it will interpret
this work and its picture of God, angels, human beings, heaven and earth in the light of ancient Near Eastern courts and courtiers. This will enable a fresh perspective to be offered on the role of ethnic identity in the origin of ancient Israelite texts, as well as casting light on theological issues such as the nature of God and the origin and defeat of evil.


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Contributor: Roger Puplett
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Date Added: 13 May 2014
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Duration: 00:50:27