"Apocalypse as Holy War" by Emma Wasserman

Apocalypse as Holy War Divine Politics and Polemics in the Letters of Paul Emma Wasserman

Series:
The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
19 Jun 2018
ISBN:
9780300204025
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
336 pages: 235 x 156mm

A reassessment of early Christian apocalypticism arguing that the texts are not so much myths about good versus evil as about divine politics and heroic submission

Prevailing theories of apocalypticism assert that in a world that rebels against God, a cataclysmic battle between good and evil is needed to reassert God’s dominion. Emma Wasserman, a rising scholar of early Christian history, challenges this interpretation and reframes these apocalyptic texts as myths about divine politics and heroic submission. A major scholarly contribution that ranges across Mediterranean and West Asian religious thought, this volume rethinks Paul’s Christ-myth as well as his most distinctive ethical teachings.

Emma Wasserman is an associate professor of religion at Rutgers University and the author of Death of the Soul in Romans 7. She lives in New York City.

“A fascinating survey of antiquity’s god-congested cosmos and a lucid analysis of the myriad ways that ancient Jews—and, particularly, Paul—coped with it.”—Paula Fredriksen, author of Paul: The Pagans’ Apostle
 

“Emma Wasserman offers a fascinating survey of antiquity’s god-congested cosmos and a lucid analysis of the myriad and inconsistent ways that ancient Jews – and, particularly, Paul – coped with it. Brilliant and original, Apocalypse as Holy War truly puts Paul in his place.”—Paula Fredriksen,  author of Paul: The Pagans’ Apostle