Apocalyptic Literary works – Spiritual Experiments

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It should also be noted that some writings from the Apocrypha contradict the Bible and that these works are not quoted by the writers of the New Testament. They were not considered part of the Bible during the first century. The terminology used today is different from what was common in the first century to describe the political actions of nations, religious leaders, plagues and warfare. Yet through careful study of the book of Revelation, we can translate the symbols into 21st-century terminology. Daniel emphasizes God’s firm control of history and so bolsters loyal Jews who are suffering indignities and torture and even death all around him because of their faith.

Moreover, a slightly different theme is introduced at this point, but there is a reference in the Pistis Sophia to the 19th ps, and this is not the one implied. There seems to be some probability that a Latin translation once existed from references, though few, in the Latin Fathers; but no manuscript of it has yet been discovered. A Syriac translation has been discovered by Dr. Rendel Harris, along with a number of other psalms also attributed to Solomon, which he has called “Odes.” Of these more will be said below.

For Berial had great wrath against Isaiah because he had revealed the coming of Christ and the mission of the apostles. There is a fragment published by Ceriani entitled “History and Life of Adam, Which, Was Revealed by God to Moses, His Servant.” It is an account of the life of our first parents after the death of Abel to their own death. It has been composed to all appearance in Greek, and really belongs not to Mosaic literature, but to that connected with Adam. It is to be noted that to Cain and Abel other names are given besides those so well known.

You have a cosmic battle in which Yahweh triumphs over Israel’s enemy. And we see in apocalyptic literature in general, a facile equation of the righteous and the wicked with Israel and other nations. Then also we have this outpouring of blessings on God’s people, city, and land.

They were sure that there must have been links which united these thinkers to the current of Divine revelation, and were led to imagine of what sort these links necessarily were. The names of poets such as Orpheus and Linus, who survived only in their names, suggested the source of these links–these resemblances. Hence, the wholesale forgeries, mainly by Jews, of Greek poems. On the other hand, there was the desire to harmonize Moses and his law with the philosophical ideas of the time. Philo the Alexandrian, the most conspicuous example of this effort, could not have been an isolated phenomenon; he must have had many precursors.

Preliminary to anything further is the discussion of the state of the book–how far it is one, how far it is composite or interpolated. That it contains different portions is obvious on the slightest careful study. The first portion that the reader marks off is the “epistle to the nine tribes and a half.” As has already been mentioned this portion appears independently and is preserved by Lagarde in his Libri Vet. Apocryphi, in which collection it precedes the ordinary apocryphal Book of Baruch. The last section, which relates how this epistle was sent to the nine tribes and a half by an eagle, is omitted.

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