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Characteristic ideas of the apocalyptic tradition not only contributed to Dead Sea sectarian thought but underwent equally characteristic developments in the Qumran community. The idea of the origin of evil was fully developed into a fully dualistic and deterministic view of the world; the apocalyptic division of history into periods and the expectation that God would intervene to bring an end to evil in the world profoundly influenced the worldview of the community, which considered itself as living in the last of these periods. While sectarian literature represents genuine continuity with the apocalyptic worldview, it adapted the earlier apocalyptic tradition in its own ways.
Apocalypticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls by John J. Collins
This volume explores the issue of apocalypticism in the Scrolls; how the notions of the 'end,' Messianic expectation, and eternal life affected the Dead Sea sect, influenced Judaism, and filtered into Christianity. Collins' volume provides a valuable and accessible introduction to the interpretation of the Scrolls, which is an informative addition to the series examining the major themes of the Scroll texts.
With Letters of Light: Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Early Jewish Apocalypticism, Magic, and Mysticism in Honor of Rachel Elior by Daphna V. Arbel (Editor); Andrei A. Orlov (Editor)
This collection of essays is a tribute to Rachel Elior's decades of teaching, scholarship and mentoring. If a Festschrift reflects the individuality of the honoree, then this volume offers insights into the scope of Rachel Elior's interests and scholarly achievements in the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish apocalypticism, magic, and mysticism from the Second Temple period to the later rabbinic and Hekhalot developments. The majority of articles included in the volume deal with Jewish and Christian apocalyptic and mystical texts constituting the core of experiential dimension of these religious traditions.
Wisdom and Apocalypticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls and in the Biblical Tradition by Florentino Garcia Martinez
The volume contains the papers read at the 51st Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense (July 31 - August 2, 2002) dedicated to the study of the theme of Wisdom and Apocalypticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls and in the biblical tradition in general. Part I comprises four articles dealing with the relationship between wisdom and apocalypticism in the Scrolls compared to the biblical tradition. Part II includes five papers which focus on specific wisdom compositions from Qumran, such as 1Q/4QMysteries, 4QInstruction, 4QTime of Righteousness, or the "Tractate of the Two Spirits" from the Rule of the Community. The nine contributions of Part III analyse different aspects of biblical Wisdom compositions (in Qohelet, Sirach, and the Wisdom of Solomon) or of apocalyptic writings (in 1 Enoch and 4 Ezra) in the light of the Qumran Wisdom texts. Part IV groups six studies on several aspects of the Wisdom compositions from Qumran (messianic ideas, ecstatic worship, the beatitudes, or the fate of the righteous) which are directly relevant for the study of the New Testament.
Expectations of the End: A Comparative Traditio-Historical Study of Eschatological, Apocalyptic and Messianic Ideas in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament by Albert L. A. Hogeterp
This book provides a comparative traditio-historical study of the full range of Qumran texts and recensions now available and of New Testament texts with regard to ideas about the final age, resurrection, apocalypticism, and messianism.