The Anointed and His People: Messianic Expectations from the Maccabees to Bar Kochba

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A&C Black, Aug 1, 1998 - Religion - 356 pages
In this systematic and radical work, Oegema studies the origins and development of expectations of a messiah-royal, priestly or prophetic. In five parts, all the Jewish and Christian literature from 200 BCE to 200 CE is analysed for its messianic interests. Special attention is devoted to the Pseudepigrapha, the Qumran literature, Philo, Josephus, the writings of the Early Church, the Jewish Apocalypses and the early Rabbinic writings. In this important work, Oegema contends that we cannot speak of a 'messianic idea' in Judaism, but that we can trace a historical trajectory of messianic expectations.
 

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Contents

Abbreviations
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Chapter 3
26
12
34
MESSIANIC EXPECTATIONS
39
FROM JUDAS MACCABAEUS TO POMPEIUS
73
Chapter 6
85
Chapter 4
103
Chapter 5
196
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Chapter 7
290
Bibliography
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About the author (1998)

Gerbern S. Oegema is Professor of Biblical Studies and Founder of the Center for Research on Religion at McGill University

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