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This front matter section of the book titled Theologies in Conflict in 4 Ezra contains the table of contents, acknowledgements, and a list of abbreviations. Fourth Ezra, a Jewish apocalypse written around 100 C.E., stands out within the apocalyptic literature for the daring way in which it addresses questions of theodicy. Fourth Ezra is divided into seven episodes, which are traditionally referred to as visions, but in fact only three of them take the form of symbolic visions followed by interpretations. Two main problems have been the focus of much of the modern scholarship on 4 Ezra. The first is the status of the disagreements between Ezra and Uriel in the dialogues. The second problem is the relationship of the dialogues to the visions and epilogue, given that the dialogues themselves are inconclusive and the visions and epilogue do not respond directly to the problems raised in the dialogues.

Keywords: apocalyptic literature; fourth Ezra; Uriel



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