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Genesis Revealed: The Apocalyptic Apocryphon From Qumran Cave 1

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The Genesis Apocryphon is the longest surviving Aramaic text from the so-called Middle Aramaic period, flanked by the book of Daniel on one side and the Palestinian Targumim on the other. The Genesis Apocryphon has rarely been said to exhibit "apocalyptic" traits, express an apocalyptic worldview, or constitute an apocalypse. The thesis of this chapter is that the Genesis Apocryphon is an apocalyptic text - indeed, among the most apocalyptic discovered in the Judean Desert. The chapter argues that the scroll deserves a prominent place in discussions about apocalypses and texts exhibiting apocalyptic traits.

Keywords: Genesis Apocryphon; Qumran Cave



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