The tradition that prophecy ceased has long been a subject of disagreement among biblical scholars. Although rabbinic sources such as Tosefta Sot˙ah 13 and Seder Olam Rabbah 30 allude to a cessation of prophecy and credible prophets after Malachi, Josephus, the Dead Sea Scrolls, New Testament, and Pseudepigrapha attest to the continuation of prophecy in both oral and written form.
Among the Dead Sea Scrolls are the pesharim, texts created from the reworking of prophetic scriptures as a means to anticipating future eschatological events. Some works of the Pseudepigrapha, such as 1 Enoch, contain prophetic works. Why, then, would these be ignored by some Jews but embraced by others?
This thesis explores the shift in interest among the predecessors of the Pharisees from writing prophecy to the development of legal codes as part of the post-exilic social and economic development under Persian rule.
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Biblical studies, Near Eastern Studies, Judaic studies|
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