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On astrological lore and apocalyptic, check Michael Stone, "List of
Revealed Things in Apocalyptic Literature," in _Magnalia Dei (G. E. Wright
Memorial), eds. F. M. Cross, Jr., W. lemke, and P. D. Miller (New York:
Doubleday, 1976): 414-52; and by the same author, _Scriptures, Sects and
Visions: A Profile of Judaism from Ezra to the Jewish Revolts
(Cleveland: Collins, 1980).
Saint Martin's College
On Thu, 10 Oct 1996, Ita Sheres wrote:
> On Thu, 10 Oct 1996, Jim West wrote:
> > This text is describe by Michael Wise as a "Brontologion" and he connects it
> > to the fascination towards things astrological found in some segments of
> > 2nd Temple Judaism. The question that this and other astrological texts
> > (such as 4Q186, 4Q561, and 4QMess ar) from Qumran raises is:
> > how could the "Scroll writers" participate in something that is clearly
> > forbidden in the text of the Hebrew Bible (in Is 47:13-14)?
> > Thanks for your help.
> > Jim
> > ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> > Jim West, ThD
> > Professor of Biblical Languages
> > Petros Tn
> Dear Jim West,
> We probably need to account for the apocalyptic strain within the Qumran
> community (as revealed in the scrolls); I would think that if indeed they
> felt that the millennium is approaching and "new things will be provided
> for by God", the asrtological speculations could be a part of it; there
> were other antinomian movements of this sort also related to the ideology
> of the end (ketz).
> Ita Sheres
> San Diego State University.