The Heavenly Book Motif in Judeo-Christian Apocalypses 200 Bce-200 Ce (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism)

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Books and writing, according to Jacques Derrida, are always interested in concerns of life and death. Nowhere is this more real than concerning the heavenly book theme, which plays a vital function in early Judeo-Christian literature, and particularly in apocalypses. This book identifies 4 sub-types of the theme the books of life, deeds, fate, and action and examines their development and function mostly in Jewish and Christian apocalypses. It argues that the overarching function of the theme is to symbolize life and death for those engraved: earthly life and death in its early looks and eternal fate in later texts. The very first full-length analysis of the heavenly book theme in English, this research study highlights a vital element of the genre apocalypse."

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