EXC 2060 A3-17 - Transcultural Entanglement and Disentanglement in Jewish Apocalypticism

Basic data for this project

Type of project: Subproject in DFG-joint project hosted at University of Münster
Duration: 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2025 | 1st Funding period


The aim of this project is to chart and interpret the relationship of Jewish apocalypticism with Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman texts and traditions, and thus to present a careful analysis of the transcultural entanglement and disentanglement of early Jewish apocalypses (between c. 300 BCE and c. 150 CE). On the one hand, comparable narrative and hermeneutic motifs, structures, and literary strategies in both Jewish apocalypses and neighbouring literatures will be charted and assessed. On the other hand, it will be asked in what ways, if any, the apocalypses present themselves as a transcultural phenomenon. The project will be run as a cooperation project with the Bible Department / Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Professor Michael Segal). It features also a Digital Humanities component: a digital edition of a central Jewish apocalypse, 4 Ezra.

Keywords: Religion: politics; Jewish apocalypticism; entanglement; disentanglement; transcultural; myths; Near Eastern; Greek; Roman