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The Jewish Apocalyptic Tradition and the Shaping of New Testament Thought

The Jewish Apocalyptic Tradition and the Shaping of New Testament Thought

Benjamin E. Reynolds (Editor), Loren T. Stuckenbruck (Editor)


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Here an international team of scholars draws out the implications of the newest scholarship on the nature of apocalypticism for the variety of New Testament writings. Each entry presses the boundaries regarding the nature of apocalypticism in application to a particular New Testament author, revealing early Christianity, its Christology, cosmology, and eschatology as expressions of tendencies in Second Temple Judaism.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781451492668
  • eBook ISBN 9781506423425
  • Dimensions 7.5 x 9.25
  • Pages 396
  • Publication Date April 1, 2017


Introduction—Benjamin E. Reynolds and Loren T. Stuckenbruck

Part 1: Jesus and the Gospels
1. Jesus the Revealer and the Reavealed—Leslie A. Baynes
2. Apocalypticism, Angels, and Mathew—Kristian Bendoritis
3. Apocalypse and the Gospel of Mark—Grant Macaskill
4. Angels and Visions in Luke-Acts—Kindalee Pfremmer De Long
5. Apocalyptic Revelation in the Gospel of John—Benjamin E. Reynolds

Part 2: Paul and the Pauline Letter
6. Paul as an Apocalyptist—Christopher Rowland
7. The Apocalyptic Eschatology of Romans—Karina Martin Hogan
8. The Mystery of God’s Wisdom, the Parousia of a Messiah, and Visions of Heavenly Paradise—Matthew Goff
9. A Companion of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians with the Epistle of Enoch —James M. Scott
10. Apocalyptic Thought in the Epistles of Colossians and Ephesians —Benjamin Wold
11. Apocalyptic Thought in Philippians—Angela Standhartinger
12. Paul the Seer and the Apocalyptic Community at Thessalonica—John Byron
13. Apocalypticism in the Pastoral Epistles—Mark Harding

Part 3: Hebrews, the Catholic Epistles, and Revelation
14. Heavenly Revelation in the Epistle to the Hebrews—Eric F. Mason
15. James and Apocalyptic Wisdom—Mariam Kamell Kovalishyn
16. Apocalypse and the Epistles of 1, 2 Peter and Jude—Chad Pierce
17. Demonology and Eschatology in the Oppositional Language of the Johannine Epistles and Jewish Apocalyptic Texts—Bennie H. Reynolds III
18. The Book of Revelation as a Disclosure of Wisdom—Loren T. Stuckenbruck



"This stimulating collection of eighteen essays focuses on a neglected but arguably central aspect of apocalyptic tradition: the fundamental role played by the divine disclosure of hidden knowledge. This emphasis on the revelatory component of apocalyptic tradition, sketched out in the introduction, has been generally ignored by New Testament scholars in favor of regarding apocalyptic almost exclusively in terms of eschatology. Each of the essays in this collection apply one or more aspects of this thesis of the fundamentally revelatory character of apocalyptic tradition to virtually every component of the New Testament, strikingly confirming its hermeneutical utility. While this collection of studies convincingly affirms the value of reading the New Testament in light of the fundamentally revelatory character of apocalyptic tradition, it represents only an initial foray into the subject. Given the interpretive potential of this approach to the New Testament, I would highly recommend this book to all serious students of the New Testament."

David E. Aune | University of Notre Dame

"Reynolds and Stuckenbruck’s volume is another important step in the process of reclaiming the New Testament texts as an essential component of the diversity of Second Temple Judaism and in the understanding of the early Jesus movement as a distinctive form of Jewish apocalypticism."

Gabriele Boccaccini | University of Michigan

"This volume brings a generation of scholarship on apocalypticism to bear on the interpretation of the New Testament. A long overdue book."

John J. Collins | Yale Divinity School