The Temple of God and Crises in Isaiah 65–66 and 1 Enoch

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List of Authors: Stefan Green
Editors: Tommy Wasserman, Greger Andersson, David Willgren
Publication year: 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury academic
Book title: Studies in Isaiah: History, Theology and Reception
Title of series: Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies
Number in series: 654
Start page: 47
End page: 66
ISBN: 9780567667175
eISBN: 9780567667182


Stefan Green suggests in "Temple of God and Crises in Isaiah 65–66 and 1 Enoch" that Isa. 65–66 could be seen as a bridge between the critique of the cult and the temple in the prophetic books and later apocalyptic literature. To substantiate this claim, Green compares motifs like God's presence and the temple in the book of Isaiah and in 1 Enoch, arguing that such a comparison uncovers traces of how the shift from the prophetic to the apocalyptic literature could have come about. He then proposes that the situation displayed in Isa. 65–66 was a temple crisis that eventually became regarded as a second distinct crisis out of four temple crisis. This, he holds, is supported by a close reading of the Animal Apocalypse in 1 Enoch, since it conveys such a comprehension of the temple crises. Green's line of reasoning modifies and expands John J. Collins' notion of three crises. His proposal that there were four temple crises leads to the conclusion that Isa. 65–66 is an important pre-stage of Jewish apocalyptic literature.


1 Enoch, Animal Apocalypse, Apocalypse, Book of Isaiah, crises, Isa 65–66, Prophecy, Temple

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