By Christopher Rowland
This e-book brings jointly the views of apocalypticism and early Jewish mysticism to light up the recent testomony. the 1st half explores the significance of apocalypticism around the complete of the recent testomony, and the second one half the relevance of Jewish mystical to the recent testomony.
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These offer access to hidden mysteries through revelation, to hidden or inexplicable truths which can explain the mystery of God and the world. Foremost among these is the truth about the future of the world and the reasons for rebellion against God and the means whereby that wrong will be righted, particularly when social and political circumstances made this a pressing issue. Communion with the divine, familiar to us from the accounts of the mystical quest in later Christian mysticism, is not without its parallels 9 See the discussion in Lindblom, Prophecy.
15 All these issues correspond roughly with the ‘lists of revealed things’ which M. 16 Interest in history, eschatology, astronomy and cosmology is by no means confined to the apocalypses only. What is distinctive about the use of this material in the apocalypses is that it is offered to the apocalyptic seer as a revelation direct from God through vision or through divine emissary. It is not the product of human observation, therefore, or of the application of the exegetical techniques of the scribal tradition to Scripture such as we find in Sir 39 (at least in the form that it is presented).
A cutting remark, it is true, no doubt coined by those who were suspicious of claims to religious experience as a basis of faith. 1 Mysticism and schism are closely linked in the history of Judaism and Christianity. 3 Its relationship with matters apocalyptic and eschatological is not always noted, however, and it is often treated separately as a discrete religious phenomenon. One function of this work is to seek to consider together that which scholarship has often kept apart. The vague, often random, use of the word has meant that defining mysticism has always turned out to be rather difficult, encapsulating as it does a variety of different religious currents.
Compendia Rerum Iudaicarum ad Novum Testamentum, Volume 12 The Mystery of God: Early Jewish Mysticism and the New Testament by Christopher Rowland