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Apocalypse against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism (Anathea F Portier-Young) Hardcover Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2010) 9780802865984
Apocalypse against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism (Anathea F Portier-Young) Hardcover Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2010) 9780802865984
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Title: Apocalypse against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism

Author: Portier-Young, Anathea F

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780802865984

Volumes: 1; Pages: 486

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The year 167 BCE marked the beginning of a time of intense persecution for the people of Judea, as Antiochus IV Epiphanes forcibly attempted to eradicate traditional Jewish religious practices. Apocalypse against Empire takes a fresh and detailed look at the historical events and key players in this traumatic episode in early Jewish history and provides a sophisticated treatment on the topic of resistance in biblical studies.Within this contextual framework, Anathea Portier-Young analyzes three extant historical apocalypses as resistance literature, giving careful attention to the creative interplay between theology, hermeneutics, and ethics. Books like Daniel, The Apocalypse of Weeks, and The Book of Dreams, she argues, functioned as a literature of resistance providing an antidote to the destructive propaganda of the empire, renewing the faith of an oppressed people in the God of the covenant, and answering terror with hope.Table of Contents Foreword, by John J. CollinsPrefaceAbbreviationsIntroductionPART ONE: THEORIZING RESISTANCE1. Theorizing ResistanceTheology or Theologies of Resistance?Conceptualizing ResistanceForms of ResistanceIn Search of a DefinitionResistance Limits PowerIntentions and ActionsContesting Hegemony and DominationSummaryHegemony and Domination: The Conditions and Objects of ResistanceHegemonyDomination and dominioResistance to the Hellenistic Empires: Key StudiesJames C. Scott, the Hidden Transcript, and Apocalyptic PseudonymityPractice versus Belief?Anonymity or PseudonymityScott on AnonymityPseudonymity and ContingencyConclusionPART TWO: SELEUCID DOMINATION IN JUDEA2. Hellenistic Rule in Judea: Setting the Stage for ResistanceThe Beginnings of Hellenistic RuleAlexander, the Successors, and the Ideology of ConquestCaught in the Battle for DominationThe Transition to Seleucid RuleThe Letter to PtolemyThe ProgrammaPeaceful Coexistence?Stressors and DivisionsAncestral Laws, Scripture, and Invented Tradition3. Interaction and Identity in Seleucid Judea: 188-173 BCEThe Broader Context: The Seleucid Empire under Roman HegemonyDomination and Interaction in Seleucid JudeaThe Heliodorus SteleHeliodorus?s Incursion into the Jerusalem Temple: 2 Maccabees 3:1?4:6Reading the Sources TogetherJudaism versus Hellenism?Jason?s Hellenizing ReformsCultural Encounter in the Hellenistic EmpiresDistinctive IdentitiesAsserting a Threatened Identity4. Re-creating the Empire: The Sixth Syrian War, Jason?s Revolt, and the Reconquest of JerusalemPreparing for WarThe AkraSacrilege and RiotCivil War and RevoltAntiochus IV, Rome, and the Plan of GodThe Evidence of PolybiusThe Evidence of DanielRevolt and the Re-creation of Empire5. Seleucid State TerrorThe Logic of State TerrorMassacreMurder in the HomeAbductionPlundering the TempleJerusalem?s ShameApollonius?s MissionParade Turned MassacreExposing the Spectacle, Answering TerrorInto the WildernessThe Monstrosity of Imperial RuleDivine JusticeSpeaking the UnspeakableTime, Memory, and LanguageConclusion6. The Edict of Antiochus: Persecution and the Unmaking of the Judean WorldDaniel1 and 2 MaccabeesLoss of AutonomiaAims of the Edict and PersecutionProhibitionsCompulsory PracticesResistanceConclusionPART THREE: APOCALYPTIC THEOLOGIES OF RESISTANCEIntroduction to Part Three7. DanielThe People Who Know Their God Will Stand Strong and Act: Strength, Knowledge, and FaithfulnessPrayer and PenitenceTo Teach, to Fall, and to Make RighteousDaniel 1, 3, and 6: Stories of FaithfulnessWaiting for the EndReading and Writing Scripture: Creative Reinterpretation and New RevelationStudying the Scrolls: Seventy Weeks of YearsSuffering ServantsCommissioning the ReaderConclusion8. Enochic AuthorityDistinctive Features of the Early Enochic LiteratureAstronomical ConcernsAlternative CosmologyAlternative EpistemologyElevated Role of EnochEnochic Authority in the Hellenistic Imperial ContextWho Were They?Languages9. The Apocalypse of Weeks: Witness and TransformationThe RighteousThe Seventh Week: Witness, Uproot, Enact JusticeA Sword to Execute Righteous JudgmentBeyond Resistance: Righteous Economy, Temple, and the Kingdom of the Great OneConclusion10. The Book of Dreams: See and Cry OutInterpreting the Present through the PastThe First Dream Vision: SupplicationThe Second Dream Vision: The Animal ApocalypseThey Began to Open Their Eyes and to See. . . And to Cry Out to the SheepHorns Came Out on Those LambsThey Lamented and Cried OutWar TraditionsConclusionConclusionEpilogueBibliographyIndex of Modern AuthorsIndex of SubjectsIndex of Ancient Sources
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