This book examines four texts: 1 Enoch, 4QInstruction, Matthew and 2 Enoch. A common idea in these texts, which blend sapiential and apocalyptic elements, is that the revealing of wisdom to an elect group inaugurates the eschatological period. The emphasis on “revealed wisdom” is essentially apocalyptic, but facilitates the uptake of motifs, forms and language from the sapiential tradition and is important in explaining the fusion of the two traditions. In addition, revealed wisdom often has creational associations and this has significance for the notion of ethics in these texts.
The book will interest anyone concerned with the development of Jewish and Christian eschatology and ethics. It also challenges the simplistic redactional assumptions of certain New Testament scholars.
Grant Macaskill, Ph.D. (2005) in Biblical Studies, University of St Andrews, is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of St Andrews, where he is producing a critical edition of 2 (Slavonic) Enoch and teaches New Testament.
Revealed Wisdom and Inaugurated Eschatology in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity makes a worthy contribution to the field. The central premise of the book is fundamentally sound, namely, that the 'inaugurated eschatology' found in four ancient
Jewish and early Christian texts consistently emphasizes revealed wisdom, thereby
explaining the fusion of sapiential and apocalyptic elements. The fact that the model
could easily be applied to texts beyond the four studied reinforces its merit." - Brian Han Gregg
(University of Sioux Falls)
All scholars of Second Temple Judaism, Christian origins, and the gospels, those interested in the Slavic pseudepigrapha and those interested in eschatology or ethics.