Sunday, 8 May 2011

Themes in apocryphal apocalyptic writings

In this post, I want to track the main themes found in some Judaeo-Christian apocalyptic writings outside the Bible (and in the Book of Daniel).  These writings form part of the apocalyptic tradition extending from the Hebrew Bible to the New Testament and beyond.

I have presented my results in the form of a table:


Initial wickedness
Tribulation
Messiah figure
Judgment
Utopian ending
Damnation of wicked
Daniel

X
X



Jubilees
 (X)
X


X

Apoc. Weeks

X


(X)

1 Enoch 1-36



X
X
X
1 Enoch 62-71

X
X

X
X
Heaven. Lumin.
 X
X



X
Siby. Orac. 3
 X
X

X
X
(X)
Test. Levi

X
X

X

Test. Abr.





X
Ps. Solom.


X
X
X

Apoc. Zephan.

X



X
Test. Moses
 X
X

X
X
X
4 Ezra
 X
X


(X)

2 Baruch

X
X

X

2 Enoch



X
X

3 Baruch





X