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Apocalypse against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism
Portier-Young, Anathea E.

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011 pp. xxiii + 462. $50.00


Description: A fresh and daring take on ancient apocalyptic books. The year 167 b.c.e. marked the beginning of a period of intense persecution for the people of Judea, as Seleucid emperor Antiochus IV Epiphanes attempted ó forcibly and brutally ó to eradicate traditional Jewish religious practices. In Apocalypse against Empire Anathea Portier-Young reconstructs the historical events and key players in this traumatic episode in Jewish history and provides a sophisticated treatment of resistance in early Judaism. Building on a solid contextual foundation, Portier-Young argues that the first Jewish apocalypses emerged as a literature of resistance to Hellenistic imperial rule. She makes a sturdy case for this argument by examining three extant apocalypses, giving careful attention to the interplay between social theory, history, textual studies, and theological analysis. In particular, Portier-Young contends, the book of Daniel, the Apocalypse of Weeks, and the Book of Dreams were written to supply an oppressed people with a potent antidote to the destructive propaganda of the empire ó renewing their faith in the God of the covenant and answering state terror with radical visions of hope.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Apocalyptic Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism

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Review by Benjamin E. Reynolds
Published 3/16/2012
Citation: Benjamin E. Reynolds, review of Anathea E. Portier-Young, Apocalypse against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


Review by Joshua Schwartz
Published 3/16/2012
Citation: Joshua Schwartz, review of Anathea E. Portier-Young, Apocalypse against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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