By Richard Bauckham
This article offers a suite of reports which specialize in own eschatology within the Jewish and early Christian apocalypses. The apocalyptic culture, from its Jewish origins till the early center a long time, is studied as a continual literary culture, within which either continuity of motifs and demanding alterations in realizing of lifestyles after demise will be charted. in addition to better-known apocalypses, a lot recognition is given to these ignored apocalypses which painting human future after dying intimately, akin to the "Apocalypse of Peter", the "Apocalypse of the Seven Heavens", the later apocalypses of Ezra, and the 4 apocalypses of the Virgin Mary. Relationships with Greco-Roman eschatology are explored, and a number of other chapters exhibit how particular New testomony texts are illuminated via shut wisdom of this custom of principles and pictures of the hereafter.
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Edwards, 'Achilles in the Underworld: Iliad, Odyssey, and Aethiopis,' GRBS 26 (1985) 215-227; 1. P. Culianu, DESCENTS TO THE UNDERWORLD attested in a fragment of a poetic account of a descent to Hades, undertaken by a man who blames his dead wife or mistress for his ruin and seeks her out among the dead in order to upbraid her. 25 While such references suggest the availability of magical and ritual means of descent for various purposes, the most important function of such descents was in initiation into the mysteries (see below).
One is the mythical representation of the cycle of nature as a descent to and return from the underworld. This appears in the myth of Demeter and Persephone, on which the Eleusinian mysteries were based, and which it is difficult not to suppose was connected with the cycle of the seasons in its origins. ). Persephone was gathering flowers when the earth opened and the god Hades carried her off to the underworld. When her mother Demeter, after searching for her, discovered the truth, she wandered the earth disguised as an old woman and came to Eleusis.
The chorus of Eleusinian initiates who constitute the blessed dead in Aristophanes' The Frogs also suggest a link between :19 For these typical individuals in funerary art, see F. Curnont, Afier Life in Ruman Paganism (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1922) 85; ct: 171. ' The evidence cited in this paragraph, and especially the Bologna papyrus, show that Cumont, After Lift, 170-176; idem, Lux Perpetua (Paris: Geuthner, 1949) 219-234, is unjustified in claiming that the detailed classifications of sinners and their punishments, found in the Jewish and Christian apocalypses, cannot have derived from Grcek and Roman sources, since the lattcr refrain from such detail.
The Fate of the Dead. Studies on the Jewish and Christian Apocalypses (Supplements to Novum Testamentum 93) by Richard Bauckham