Journal for the Study of Judaism 40 (2009) 540-550 brill.nl/jsj © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/004722109X12492787778805 Genre without a Name: Was There a Hebrew Term for “Apocalypse”? 1 Alexander Kulik Department of Central and Eastern European Cultures/Department of Russian and Slavic Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus 91905, Israel email@example.com Abstract Although the term for “apocalypse” is not attested as a title or genre deﬁnition in the extant corpus of Hebrew or Jewish Aramaic documents, some early Hebrew, Syriac, and Arabic texts may contain rudimentary evidence in favor of the exis- tence of a Hebrew or Jewish Aramaic equivalent for the term. Moreover, its recon- struction can contribute to better understanding of certain wide spread apocalyptic imagery, which must be closely connected to the semantics of this term. Keywords apocalypse, revelation, book, title, terminology, reconstruction The apocalypse is one of the best represented genres in early Jewish litera- ture. 2 Even though, like most pseudepigraphic texts, the apocalypses sur- 1) I thank Haggai Ben Shammai, who gave me a lead to a solution of this problem and brought my attention to the article by Shlomo Pines and to the Quranic passages S. 53.36-37; 87.19.
Journal for the Study of Judaism – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: RECONSTRUCTION; APOCALYPSE; BOOK; TERMINOLOGY; TITLE; REVELATION
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