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Mapping The Threads

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This chapter presents a summary of the topics covered in this book. The book describes the more widespread models proposed to understand the Judaism of the Second Temple Period. It focuses on all the Aramaic evidence preserved. The book looks for the origins of the Jewish calendars and focuses on its evolution in the light of the changes of the structures of thought, going back to Ezekiel and the time of the exile. It considers the Mesopotamian roots of the astrological part of 1 Enoch, but shows that the fatalistic kernel of Babylonian astrology has been modified in order to protect the freedom of God and of humanity. The book also focuses on the Apocalypse of Weeks and on the way it blends the mythic world of the Book of the Watchers, with its "cosmic insanity", with the efforts of the Astronomical Book to discover the laws of the cosmos.

Keywords: 1 Enoch; Aramaic evidence; Astronomical Book; cosmic insanity; God; Jewish calendars; Judaism; Second Temple Period



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