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The End Of The World Or The Transformation Of History? Intertestamental Apocalyptic

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The apocalyptic writings can be divided into two large groups: cosmic apocalyptic and historical apocalyptic. Apocalypses of the historical type are more interesting as they contain wide vistas of sacred history with the inevitable projection into the future in which the final time is included. A Qumran commentary on the blessings of Judah, 4Q252, tells us that the fulfilment of these blessings is projected to the age of the Messiah. In the perspective of the Old Testament, the fulfilment of the divine promises to Israel generally remains in an inner-worldly horizon. What apocalyptic will call the reign or kingdom of God is conceived, as the salvation of the people of this world, as the triumph of Israel over the enemy, under the rule of a legitimate sovereign from David's stock, with the elimination of all evil and the perfect observance of the Law, a contented life, a perfect cult.

Keywords: apocalyptic writings; David's stock; God; Israel; Judah; Old Testament; Qumran commentary; sacred history



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