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Creation, Covenant, and the Beginnings of Judaism: Reconceiving Historical Time in the Second Temple Period (Ari Mermelstein) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2014) 9789004281059
Creation, Covenant, and the Beginnings of Judaism: Reconceiving Historical Time in the Second Temple Period (Ari Mermelstein) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2014) 9789004281059
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Title: Creation, Covenant, and the Beginnings of Judaism: Reconceiving Historical Time in the Second Temple Period

Author: Mermelstein, Ari

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2014

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004281059

Volumes: 1; Pages: 216

List Price in Cloth: $128.00 Our price: $110.99

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This study examines the relationship between time and history in Second Temple literature. Numerous sources from that period express a belief that Jewish history began with an act of covenant formation and proceeded in linear fashion until the exile, an unprecedented event which severed the present from the past. The authors of Ben Sira, Jubilees, the Animal Apocalypse, and 4 Ezra responded to this theological challenge by claiming instead that Jewish history began at creation. Between creation and redemption, history unfolds as a series of static, repeating patterns that simultaneously account for the disappointments of the Second Temple period and confirm the eternal nature of the covenant. As iterations of timeless, cyclical patterns, the difficult post-exilic present and the glorious redemption of the future emerge as familiar, unremarkable, and inevitable historical developments.Table of Contents1: Introduction: The Relationship Between Time and History in Second Temple Literature2: Wisdom of Ben Sira: Jewish History as the Unfolding of Creation3: Wisdom of Ben Sira: Timelessness in Support of the Temple-State4: The Book of Jubilees: Timeless Dimensions of a Covenantal Relationship5: The Animal Apocalypse: The Timeless Symbols of History6: Fourth Ezra: Time and History as Theological Critique7: Synthesis and Conclusions
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