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By John Joseph Collins

This identify reviews features of Judaism, from the Persian interval via overdue antiqity, together with its impact on early Christianity. The essays hide the matter of the Canon in moment Temple Judaism and care for apocalypticism, the ebook of Daniel, the Sibylline Oracles, and the useless Sea Scrolls.

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Dexinger, Henochs Zehnwochenapokalypse und offene Probleme der Apokalyptikforschung (Leiden: Brill, 1977) 164-77. 20 1 Macc 2:42; 1 Macc 7:12-13; 2 Macc 14:6. See especially M. 179. E. Nickelsburg, "Social Aspects of Palestinian Jewish Apocalypticism,' ‫ י‬in D. ; Apocalypticism_in the Mediterranean World and the Near East (Tübingen: M o h r / Siebeck, 1983) 641-54. Related developments are attested m Jubilees 23 and C D 1. " may have undergone some adjustments at that point, but the main outlines of the Enochic system may be found already in the Book of the Watchers and the Astronomical Book, which may be as old as the third century.

He can trace its influence clearly in the Enoch corpus, and he finds it in somewhat different form in 4 Ezra and 2 Baruch. 45 His ideas have been used by Garcia Martinez to argue that apocalypticism has a generative role in the sectarian writings from Qumran. 4 6 There is no doubt that Sacchi has pointed to an issue of major importance in several apocalyptic texts and his work is especially helpful in understanding the Enoch material. As an approach to the phenomenon of apocalypticism, however, it has serious disadvantages.

T h e origin of evil is not a primary concern of Daniel. Yet Daniel is at least as influential as the Book of the Watchers on the later apocalyptic tradition. Apocalypticism cannot be defined on the basis of a single book and cannot be restricted to a single strand of tradition. 44 Sacchi's essays arc now collected in his L'afwcalittica giudaica e ta sua storia (Brescia: Paideia, 1990). 45 G. Boccacini, "E Daniele un tcsto apocalittico? Una (ri)dcfinizione del pensiero del Libro di Daniele in rapporto al Libro dei Sogni e all'apocalittica," Henoch 9 (1987) 267-99 4 ‫ ״‬F.

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