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Messianism In The Pseudepigrapha In The Light Of The Scrolls

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In view of the importance that has been attached to the messianic beliefs of early Judaism, it is salutary to recall that within the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha such beliefs are expressed in only a restricted number of writings. With the possible exception of the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, the Qumran texts have not dramatically altered our interpretation of the messianic texts that were already known. What the Scrolls have done is to provide important comparative evidence and a much broader basis for the interpretation of these other texts. This chapter analyzes particular aspects of the interpretation of the messianic ideas contained in Psalms of Solomon 17 and 18, 1 Enoch 37-71, 4 Ezra, 2 Baruch and Testament of Levi 18 in the light of comparative material from Qumran.

Keywords: 1 Enoch; 2 Baruch; 4 Ezra; Dead Sea Scrolls; messianism; Psalms of Solomon; Pseudepigrapha; Testament of Levi



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