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Resurrection as Giving Back the Dead

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The relationship between the Apocalypse of John and the extra-canonical Jewish apocalypses has been variously understood. At one extreme are those who see Revelation as a typical Jewish apocalypse, whose admittedly Christian authorship makes little significant difference, while at the other extreme are those who distinguish sharply between prophecy and apocalyptic and minimize Revelation's resemblances to the Jewish apocalypses in order to classify it as a Christian prophecy in continuity with Old Testament prophecy. One aspect of Revelation's relationship to the Jewish apocalypses which explored is Revelation's use of specific items of apocalyptic tradition which also appear in Jewish apocalypses. The study of the tradition to which Revelation 20: 13a belongs illuminates this verse's relationship to that tradition and illustrates Revelation's use of apocalyptic traditions. The chapter explores the traditional image of resurrection: that the place of the dead will give back the dead.

Keywords: Apocalypse of John; Christian prophecy; dead; extra-canonical Jewish apocalypses; Old Testament prophecy; resurrection



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