Revealed Wisdom

Studies in Apocalyptic in honour of Christopher Rowland


A collection of twenty-one essays clustered around the theme of apocalyptic—revelations of hitherto undisclosed divine mysteries to human seers, either directly or through the mediation of an interpreting angel. Preliminary essays on the Book of Job, Messianism, and apocalyptic ethics are followed by five studies centred upon Jewish apocalypses composed around the turn of the era, two anonymous, three pseudonymous, and four essays on New Testament writers, two on Paul, one on Mark, and one on John. A reflection upon an early Islamic convert from Judaism, emphasizing the ‘Abrahamic-lexicon’ common to all three religions of the book, is succeeded by essays on two medieval Christian visionaries, Joachim of Fiore and Francis of Assisi. After a further essay on a little known Syriac apocalyptic text the volume concludes with studies of four different aspects of the Book of Revelation itself.

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Preliminary Material
Editor(s): John Ashton
Pages: i–x
Pages: 1–9
Index of Names and Subjects
Editor(s): John Ashton
Pages: 349–360
Until his retirement in 1996, John Ashton, M.A., D. Litt., was Lecturer in New Testament Studies in the Faculty of Theology, Oxford
University, having previously taught at the Universities of London, St Andrews, and Edinburgh. He has written extensively on the Gospel of
John, notably the highly acclaimed Understanding the Fourth Gospel and the recently published The Gospel of John and Christian Origins. His Wilde lectures on St Paul appeared as The Religion of Paul the Apostle.
"This collection of essays, whose scope reflects the breadth and depth of its honoree’s scholarship, demonstrates the importance of a proper evaluation of apocalyptic texts and themes for Second Temple Judaism, Paul, the gospels, Revelation, and reception history. [...] this excellent Festschrift rightly honors Rowland’s seminal scholarship, and the essays stand as a testimony to the breadth of possibilities his work opens up for the study of the New Testament and its reception." – J. P. Davies, Trinity College, Bristol, in: RBL 04/2016

Die Festschrift für den renommierten Apokalyptik- und Mystikforscher Christopher Rowland versammelt Beiträge die im weitesten Sinne Themen aus dem Bereich der Apokalyptik behandeln. Der Band behandelt aber auch die Rezeption der jüdischen Apokalyptik [...] und eröffnet so einen breiten Horizont für das Thema, das die abendländische Geistesgeschichte nachhaltig geprägt hat.'

Beate Ego, Theologische Literaturzeitung 141 (2016)
John Ashton, Introduction
1. C.R.A. Morray-Jones, The Opening of Heaven in the Book of Job
2. John Barton, Ethics in Apocalyptic
3. Philip Alexander, Towards a Taxonomy of Jewish Messianisms
4. James C. VanderKam, Psalm 90 and Isaiah 65 in Jubilees 23
5. William Horbury, The Temple Library in Apocalyptic Legend
6. Andrew A. Orlov, Primordial Lights: The Logos and Adoil in the Johannine Prologue and 2 Enoch
7. Martin Goodman, The Date of 2 Baruch
8. Michael Stone, Seeing and Understanding in 4 Ezra
9. Adela Yarbro Collins, The Transformation of Paul’s Apocalyptic Ideas in the First Two Centuries
10, Christopher Tuckett, Paul and Universalism
11. John Muddiman,The Reader of Mark 13:14b as the (Re-)Interpreter of Apocalyptic
12. Harold W. Attridge, Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility in the Fourth Gospel
13. John C. Reeves, Jewish Apocalyptic Lore in Early Islam
14. Bernard McGinn, The Concordist Imagination: A Theme in the History of Eschatology
15. Peter Cramer, Hope against hope: a reading of Joachim of Fiore
16. Ian Boxall, Francis of Assisi as Apocalyptic Visionary
17. Sebastian Brock, “The Young Daniel”: a little known Syriac apocalyptic text. Introduction and Translation
18. Robert Morgan, The Place of the Book of Revelation in a New Testament Theology
19. Lorenzo DiTommaso, Pseudonymity and the Revelation of John
20.Dan Merkur, From Seer to Saint: Psychotherapeutic Change in the Book of Revelation
21. Andrew Chester, Chaos and New Creation
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