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Re: question

On 11 April Judith Wegner wrote:

 > Also, why would one expect priests (ancient variety, not modern Catholic type)
> to be purveyors or even supporters of apocalypticism?  The bread-and-butter
> of the Israelite priests depended on the continuance of the status quo in
> eternal cycles of sacrifice-demanding rituals, preferably for ever, but at any
> rate until further notice.  I can't see priests sending out that notice -- i.e.
> warning people that the end is nigher than they think....

It might be worth noting that a new book by Stephen L. Cook, 
_Prophecy & Apocalypticism: The Postexilic Social Setting_ 
(Minneapolis: Fortress, 1995), proposes that certain 
proto-apocalyptic literature can be located in priestly, especially 
Zadokite, circles.  Cook uses comparative studies on millennial groups 
in positions of power to indicate a more complex sociology for 
analyzing post-exilic society and locating texts within it. He 
attends to distinctions among groups within post-exilic Yehud, and to 
the situation of the community as a whole within the larger context.

Admittedly, he is treating an earlier period and set of literature 
(Ezekiel 38-39, Zechariah 1-8 and Joel) than has been under 
discussion so far.  Nevertheless, his thesis may contribute usefully 
to framing the discussion.

All the best,
Richard Weis
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