Apocalypse Against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism

(Hardback - Jan 2011)
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"A fresh and daring take on ancient apocalyptic books."The year 167 b.c.e. marked the beginning of a period of intense persecution for the people of Judea, as Seleucid emperor Antiochus IV Epiphanes attempted -- forcibly and brutally -- to eradicate traditional Jewish religious practices. In "Apocalypse against Empire" Anathea Portier-Young reconstructs the historical events and key players in this traumatic episode in Jewish history and provides a sophisticated treatment of resistance in early Judaism.Building on a solid contextual foundation, Portier-Young argues that the first Jewish apocalypses emerged as a literature of resistance to Hellenistic imperial rule. She makes a sturdy case for this argument by examining three extant apocalypses, giving careful attention to the interplay between social theory, history, textual studies, and theological analysis. In particular, Portier-Young contends, the book of Daniel, the Apocalypse of Weeks, and the Book of Dreams were written to supply an oppressed people with a potent antidote to the destructive propaganda of the empire -- renewing their faith in the God of the covenant and answering state terror with radical visions of hope.


  • SKU: 9780802865984
  • SKU10: 0802865984
  • Title: Apocalypse Against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism
  • Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
  • Date Published: Jan 2011
  • Pages: 462
  • Weight lbs: 1.89
  • Dimensions: 9.30" L x 6.30" W x 1.20" H
  • Features: Table of Contents, Index, Dust Cover, Bibliography
  • Subject: Judaism - Theology