76 Review of Books / Journal for the Study of Judaism 40 (2009) 74-142 L’ Apocalypse des animaux (1 Hen 85-90) une propagande militaire? Approches nar- rative, historico-critique, perspectives théologiques . By Daniel Assefa. (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism 120). Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2007. Pp. xii, 356. Cloth with dust jacket. €135.00 / US $201.00. ISBN 978 90 04 16267 9. It is cause for rejoicing when native Ethiopian scholars join the conversation about 1 Enoch , which comes down to us intact only in the Ethiopic version. Potentially, these scholars bring with them a sensitivity to the linguistic nuances of the often diﬃ cult text as well as fresh interpretive insights drawn from reading traditions in Ethiopia, where the book enjoys canonical status. Despite some serious ﬂ aws, Daniel Assefa’s ambitious study of the Animal Apocalypse (AA), is a good example of this kind of contribution and a welcome addition to the literature on this sec- tion of the Enochic corpus. A.’s study is divided into four parts: 1. text and translation; 2. narrative analysis; 3. diachronic analysis; 4. theological analysis. Th e ﬁ rst two sections are rather disappointing. Part one
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