Apocalyptic

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An adjective used to describe a broad category of phenomena linked by a similar worldview. It is part of a constellation of terms (apocalypticism, apocalyptic eschatology) derived from the literary genre apocalypse. The genre name “apocalypse” derives from apokálypsis (“revelation” or “disclosure”), which occurs in the opening line of the …

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Learning Biblical Hebrew (Lesson 25)

An Hebrew text written on stone and dated at the end of the I cent. BC. It is an apocalyptic prophecy delivered by Gabriel to an enigmatic personage, probably an hero of Israel

“In this lesson we continue our study of the Yiqtol verb (the “prefix conjugation”), by examining the common ways in which this verb might be translated in various contexts. We read Samuel’s farewell speech in 1 Samuel 12:15– וְאִם־לֹא תִשְׁמְעוּ בְּקוֹל יְהוָה וּמְרִיתֶם אֶת־פִּי יְהוָה וְהָיְתָה יַד־יְהוָה בָּכֶם וּבַאֲבֹתֵיכֶֽם׃ But if …

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The Pentateuch: A Long History of Study and Research (Sixth part)

Mosèlegge

The source P. This “source” presents a considerable amount of difficulties. At first it was called Elohist (by the French physician Jean Astruc), then “priestly code” (hence the initials “P”) or “priestly tradition”. Classically it is believed that P has represented the last editorial phase of the Pentateuch, giving it the …

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The Pentateuch: A Long History of Study and Research (Fifth part)

Mosèlegge

Deuteronomy (D) and Deuteronomist. In the nineteenth century, scholars discussed a lot about the origin of the Pentateuch. Wellhausen, for example, maintained that there were originally two parts (Dt 1-4:44; 12-26; 27; 4:45-11:39; 28-30) which were then merged together in the final redaction of the Pentateuch. Regarding the dating of the source, …

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