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2Baruch And The Land

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This chapter explores the conception of Israel?s Land as a redemptive category in the second century c.e. pseudepigraphon 2Baruch. According to the current scholarly consensus, the Land had either been rejected or become of minor importance to 2Baruch. The chapter discusses the presuppositions behind this consensus with regard to the spatial epistemology it assumes. 2Baruch is commonly described as a Jewish apocalyptical and eschatological text composed in Palestine in response to the destruction of the Second Temple (70 c.e.). In 1974 W.D. Davies published the monograph The Gospel and the Land: Early Christianity and Jewish Territorial Doctrine, a work which was eventually to become a standard work in the studies of the Land-theme in Jewish and Christian sources. The chapter provides a short overview of the history of research on 2Baruch. It is evident that 2Baruch quotes, refers, and alludes actively to biblical texts.

Keywords: 2Baruch; biblical texts; Christian; Israel; Jewish; Land-theme; Palestine; W.D. Davies



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