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Apocalyptic And Wisdom In 4 Ezra

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According to the author, there is a need for a series of detailed discussions of the characteristics of the individual apocalyptic writings. This chapter looks at one such apocalyptic writing, 4 Ezra, and attempts the one very limited task of considering in what sense this particular work can be described as wisdom or as having characteristics which associate it with wisdom. In the last chapter of 4 Ezra a picture of Ezra as a law-giver and a Second Moses emerges, and this might suggest that apocalyptic has some links with law. The author refers to a characteristic of the dialogues of 4 Ezra (and indeed of the book as a whole), namely its use of the Old Testament, as it casts an important light on the character of the book. The fifth and sixth sections of 4 Ezra share, to some extent, the literary form of the Qumran Pesharim.

Keywords: 4 Ezra; apocalyptic writing; Old Testament; wisdom



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