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The Apocalyptic Literature: Interpreting Biblical Texts Series (Interpreting Biblical Texts) [Paperback]

By Stephen L. Cook (Author)
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Nowhere is the biblical text stranger than in the apocalyptic literature of the Old and New Testaments. In this volume, Stephen L. Cook makes the puzzling visions and symbols intelligible to modern readers. He begins with definitions of apocalypticism and apocalyptic literature as he introduces readers to the social and historical worlds of the apocalyptic groups. He then addresses the biblical books of Daniel and Revelation and other important but lesser-known examples.

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Biblical texts create worlds of meaning and invite readers to enter them. When readers enter such textual worlds, which are strange and complex, they are confronted with theological claims. With this in mind, the purpose of the IBT series is to help serious readers in their experience of reading and interpreting by providing guides for their journeys into textual worlds. The focus of the series is not so much on the world behind the text as on the worlds created by the texts in their engagement with readers.

Nowhere is the world of the biblical text stranger than in the apocalyptic literature of both the Old and New Testaments. In this volume, Stephen Cook makes the puzzling visions and symbols of the biblical apocalyptic literature intelligible to modern readers. He begins with definitions of apocalypticism and apocalyptic literature and introduces the various scholarly approaches to and issues for our understanding of the text. Cook introduces the reader to the social and historical worlds of the apocalyptic groups that gave rise to such literature and leads the reader into a better appreciation and understanding of the theological import of biblical apocalyptic literature.

In the second major section of the book, Cook guides the reader through specific examples of the Bible s apocalyptic literature. He addresses both the best-known examples (the biblical books of Daniel and Revelation) and other important but lesser known examples (Zechariah and some words of Jesus and Paul). "

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Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   233
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.94" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.88 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2003
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
Series  Interpreting Biblical Texts  
ISBN  0687051967  
ISBN13  9780687051960  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Edited by Mark E. Biddle, Russell T. Cherry Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, the Reading the Old Testament commentary series presents cutting-edge biblical research in accessible language. Stephen L. Cook serves as the Catherine N. McBurney Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature at Virginia Theological Seminary. He did his doctoral training in Old Testament at Yale after having earning the M.Div. degree at Yale's Divinity School. Stephen has served in several capacities as an officer of the Society of Biblical Literature and is currently chair of the executive committee, the Catholic Biblical Association, Baltimore-Washington Region.

Stephen L. Cook was born in 1962.

Stephen L. Cook has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Interpreting Biblical Texts
  2. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies
  3. Society of Biblical Literature Symposium


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From Abingdon Press  Feb 22, 2007
Nowhere is the world of the biblical text stranger than in the apocalyptic literature of both the Old and New Testaments. In this volume, the author makes the puzzling visions and symbols of the biblical apocalyptic literature intelligible to modern readers. He begins with definitions of apocalypticism and apocalyptic literature and introduces the various scholarly approaches to and issues for an understanding of the text. He introduces the reader to the social and historical worlds of the apocalyptic groups that gave rise to such literature and leads the reader into a better appreciation and understanding of the theological import of biblical apocalyptic literature. In the second major section of the book, the author guides the reader through specific examples of the Bible's apocalyptic literature. He addresses both the best-known examples (the biblical books of Daniel and Revelation) and other important but lesser known examples (Zechariah and some words of Jesus and Paul).
 
HURRAY!!! - A FRESH perspective on apocalyptic literature!  Nov 1, 2005
This is simply the most lucid and insightful book on apocalyptic literature I have ever read. I'm so glad I found it!

Stephen Cook first makes the case that events like terrorist attacks and massive hurricanes point to the reality of an apocalyptic chaos just underneath our seemingly placid, stable world. But before diving into that apocalyptic reality, Cook articulates the myriad ways in which all of us, conservative or liberal, mainline or evangelical, Catholic or Protestant completely domesticate the apocalyptic literature of the Bible. We over-spiritualize it; we try to "crack it" like a secret code; we see it as a primitive people's attempt to make sense of tragic historical events.

Cook then explores some of those fundamental questions that every preacher and parishioner asks: Did Jesus consider himself an apocalyptic prophet, and if so, did he really believe that his death would usher in the end of history? How does a prophet like Isaiah "know" the future, particularly as it relates to a final apocalyptic event? Is the book of revelation graphic poetry, or a blueprint for the future, or could there be another option? These questions are just the tip of the iceberg.

For a culture and a church thirsting for fresh insights into the concept of apocalyptic thought, it seems to me that this book is a deep well of cold water.
 
Cook book: an absolute must for preachers and teachers.  Dec 9, 2003
Stephen L. Cook's new book "The Apocalyptic Literature" is an invaluable asset for preachers, teachers of religion, and any interpreter of scripture who is seeking greater spiritual understanding of apocalyptic writings.

Cook firmly sets aside the limiting stereotyped understandings of the origins and meaning of "end time" writings: that apocalyptic writing is to be understood primarily as consolation for persecuted peoples, or as a coded "timetable" for an imminent end of the world in our times. Instead, he uses cultural and spiritual background to depict a richer context in which the "apocalyptic spirit" is an integral part of faith, not simply an unnecessary and uncomfortable addition.

The book's comprehensive survey of apocalyptic writings offers great material for those teachers and preachers who are willing to take the challenge of enriching the spiritual lives of their students and congregations.

 

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