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Temple And Priests In The Book Of The Watchers, The Animal Apocalypse And The Apocalypse Of Weeks

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This chapter examines the attitude toward the temple and its priests in three Enochic apocalypses, the Book of the Watchers (1 Enoch 1-36), which dates to the third century BCE, and two works that probably date to the period after the Maccabean revolt and the Hasmonean assumption of the high priesthood, the Animal Apocalypse (1 En 85-90) and the Apocalypse of Weeks (1 Enoch 93, 91). It first begins with the most ancient of the works, the Book of the Watchers. The chapter then turns to the Animal Apocalypse. This apocalypse takes its name from its use of animals in place of human beings for its retelling of biblical and more recent history, culminating in a prediction of the imminent eschaton. Finally, the chapter turns to the Apocalypse of Weeks, a brief account of human history from beginning to end structured in ten "weeks", that takes a mere fifteen verses.

Keywords: Animal Apocalypse; Apocalypse of Weeks; Book of the Watchers; Enoch; eschaton; high priesthood



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