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This chapter provides concluding remarks for this book, which discusses development of Jewish and Christian eschatology. The research of John Collins, on "generic compatibility", suggests that the underlying concepts of a given text may explain the presence of sapiential and apocalyptic elements within that text. This, indeed, proves to be the case with 1 Enoch and 4QInstruction. These conclusions regarding eschatology and generic/formal issues may well be important to the study of Second Temple Judaism. The idea that the author has outlined in this study that Jesus is an eschatological revealer of wisdom seems to him capable of explaining a greater number of features of Matthew's Gospel than does the idea of a Wisdom-Christology. 2 Enoch reflects a basic eschatological thrust similar to that seen in the other three texts studied. Explicitly inaugurated eschatology, centred on revealed wisdom, continued to be part of the thoughtworld of later Christianity.

Keywords: 1 Enoch; 4QInstruction; Christian eschatology; generic compatibility; Jewish eschatology; Second Temple Judaism; Wisdom-Christology



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