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Paradise in Antiquity : Jewish and Christian Views - Markus Bockmuehl

Paradise in Antiquity

Jewish and Christian Views

By: Markus Bockmuehl (Editor), Guy G. Stroumsa (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 3rd June 2010
ISBN: 9780521117869
Number Of Pages: 272

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The social and intellectual vitality of Judaism and Christianity in antiquity was in large part a function of their ability to articulate a viably transcendent hope for the human condition. Narratives of Paradise - based on the concrete symbol of the Garden of Delights - came to play a central role for Jews, Christians, and eventually Muslims too. The essays in this volume highlight the multiple hermeneutical perspectives on biblical Paradise from Second Temple Judaism and Christian origins to the systematic expositions of Augustine and rabbinic literature. They show that while early Christian and Jewish sources draw on texts from the same Bible, their perceptions of Paradise often reflect the highly different structures of the two sister religions. Dealing with a wide variety of texts, these essays explore major themes such as the allegorical and literal interpretations of Paradise, the tension between heaven and earth, and Paradise's physical location in space and time.

'... the following papers included in this collective volume are most closely related to biblical studies: J. Schaper, The Messiah in the Garden: Joyhn 19:38-41, (royal) gardens and messianic concepts, Philo's scholarly inquiries into the story of Paradise; R. Bauckham, Paradise in the Bibical antiquities of Peseudo-Philo; M. Goodman, Paradise, gardens and the afterlife in the first century CE.' International Review of Biblical Studies
'... this is a significant volume which successfully communicates the wide variety of interpretations of Paradise in Late Antiquity and makes a valuable contribution to an already rich field of study.' Theology
'Collections of this kind stand or fall on the ability of their essays to cover their subject meaningfully and intelligently. This volume succeeds.' H-Judaic (h-net.org/~judaic)
"Collections of this kind stand or fail on the ability of their essays to cover their subject meaningfully and intelligently. This volume succeeds. It provides a fine complement to the recent swell of studies on the paradise myth in history and tradition. It also adds richness and nuance to our understanding of the spatial dimension of eschatological speculation in early Jewish and Christian writing." --H-Net.org

Notes on contributorsp. ix
Introduction: the paradise chronotropep. 1
Paradises of Second temple Judaism and Christian originsp. 15
The messiah in the garden: John 19.38-41, (royal) gardens, and messianic conceptsp. 17
Philo's scholarly inquiries into the story of paradisep. 28
Paradise in the Biblical Antiquities of Pseudo-Philop. 43
Paradise, gardens, and the afterlife in the first century CEp. 57
Paradise in the New Testamentp. 64
Quis et unde? Heavenly obstacles in Gas. Thorn. 50 and related literaturep. 82
Contemporizing paradise in late Antiquityp. 101
Tertullian's law of paradise (Adversus Judaeos 2): reflections on a shared motif in Jewish and Christian literaturep. 103
The language of paradise: Hebrew or Syriac? Linguistic speculations and linguistic realities in late antiquityp. 120
The tree of life and the turning sword: Jewish biblical interpretation, symbols, and theological patterns and their Christian counterpartsp. 138
Erotic Eden: a rabbinic nostalgia for paradisep. 156
Paradise for pagans? Augustine on Virgil, Cicero, and Platop. 166
Heaven as a political theme in Augustine's City of Godp. 179
Locating paradisep. 192
Epilogue: a heaven on earthp. 210
Select bibliographyp. 221
Index of subjectsp. 248
Index of authorsp. 253
Index of sourcesp. 255
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ISBN: 9780521117869
ISBN-10: 0521117860
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 3rd June 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.57