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Predicting the Past in the Ancient Near East. Mantic Historiography in Ancient Mesopotamia, Judah, and the Mediterranean World.
Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature 2012. XVI, 300 S. = Brown Judaic Studies, 354. Lw. US$ 64,95. ISBN 978-1-930675-80-3.
Matthijs J. de Jong
The work by Matthew Neujahr, a revised version of the doctoral dissertation at Yale University, deals with the so-called Akkadian ex eventu texts, five texts that have been labelled as Akkadian apocalypses, and examines their relation with (post)biblical apocalypses, such as Daniel and 1 Henoch, various Qumranic texts, and the Sibylline Oracles.
In the past, scholars such as Grayson, Hallo, and Lambert, have claimed a historical connection between the Akkadian apocalypses on the one hand, and Daniel and other early Jewish apocalyptic literature on the other. The present study investigates this claim. The survey is carried out with a broad historical and literary perspective, and claims to present »a history of the use of vaticinium ex eventu as a ...
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