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Cosmic Laws And Cosmic Imbalance: Wisdom, Myth And Apocalyptic In Early Enochic Writings

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Reading the Apocalypse of Weeks as a text belonging to the apocalyptic genre, the person can observe several features that match the defining points in Collins' master-paradigm of apocalyptic. The language of revelation is limited to a short introduction to the historical tableau (93:2). The Apocalypse exhibits a tableau of history where the movements of events occur within a fixed structure based on the law of seven and the force of justice. In recording the primeval events there have been contacts between the Genesis and Enoch traditions, but more complex it seems than often assumed. There is, however, one crucial difference between Genesis and 1 Enoch that often has been underlined. In Genesis the reason for the flood rests in human sinfulness, in 1 Enoch, it goes back to a divine rebellion and intervention, causing cosmic instability due to the blend of the human and divine.

Keywords: 1 Enoch; apocalyptic genre; cosmic instability; cosmic laws; divine rebellion; Genesis



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