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by Mitchell G. Reddish

The world of apocalyptic literature can be both vast and confusing. To journey successfully through its complexities, it is best to have an experienced tour guide to direct you to the sites most representative of that world. In this way the new traveler can avoid dead ends, skip the fruitless excursions, and instead enjoy the ride. Reddish's introductions to the otherworldly writings of Judaism - including the War Scroll from Qumran and books such as 1 Enoch from the so-called Old Testament Pseudepigrapha - as well as to the apocalyptic documents of Christianity, including the noncanonical apocalypses of Peter, Paul and James, and related works such as the Sibylline Oracles, are simply superb. Those wanting a more informed understanding of these centuries-old writings of hope and despair will not be disappointed.
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ISBN: 1565632109
ISBN13: 978-1565632103
Category: Bibles
Subcategory: Bible Study & Reference
Author: Mitchell G. Reddish
Language: English
Publisher: Hendrickson Pub; First Edition edition (February 1, 1996)
Pages: 352 pages
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If you want to become comfortable in the world of the New Testament book of Revelation, I suggest you start with this book. Reddish has selected and edited 25 Jewish and Christian Apocalypses in this book that will help the reader become more acquainted with the apocalyptic genre of writing.

I used this book in a course on Revelation while at college. We read this book the first half of the semester, and then Revelation itself the second half. The similarities and nuances that one can pick up afterward is rather astonishing and helpful from an interpretative stand point.

You need not agree with Reddish on all his view points to appreciate this book. It simply helps you to understand better the assumptions that apocalyptic carried with it when you approach Revelation.
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Mitchell Reddish's anthology of apocalyptic texts is the best of the genre. It has exactly the right collection of texts and it is affordable. I have used this book with college students for several years now, and many of my colleagues at other universities also use it. I'm really disappointed that Hendrickson has discontinued it and told them so. Please don't let this go out of print.
Reddish's "Apocalyptic Literature - A Reader" is an excellent place to gain a better understanding of apocalyptic. His book introduction, plus his individual introductions to each apocalyptic work, combined with the English text of those works, makes apocalyptic easier to grasp than ever.
This is a very insightful book, it allows you to critically think about Revelation with greater theological depth as literature and ancient history.
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'Apocalyptic Literature: A Reader' is, as its name implies, a collection of Jewish and early Christian writings that contains apocalyptic elements. These writings include samples from 1 Enoch, works discovered among the Dead Sea scrolls, gnostic writings, and even several writings that the early church fathers quoted from approvingly (The Shepherd of Hermas being a prime example). These fascinating documents offer a window into the religious and cultural landscape that birthed Christianity. It's also interesting to note that the book of Revelation is part of a genre of writing that was fairly common in its day (especially compared to our time). Although it didn't give me all of the insights I was hoping for, it does provide useful (and needed) context for the study of Daniel, Zechariah, and Revelation
James Charlesworth's Old Testament Pseudepigrapha (volume 1) is still the go-to general collection for Jewish apocalyptic literature, but it is too expensive and overwhelming, both in terms of its bulk and the academic style of its commentary, for the typical undergraduate student/beginner . Reddish's slim paperback really gets the job done for that student. It includes at least portions of every important apocalypse outside the Bible, both Jewish and Christian, in an accessible translation with a pertinent introduction for each book. Its scholarship is solid, but at the same time it doesn't confuse the introductory student with debates over points he/she is not yet ready to address. I've used this text in university classes with great success and recommend it highly.