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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Suggestions for Further Reading

Primary Texts

Most of the extra-biblical apocalypses discussed in this essay appear in two recent English translations of pseudepigrapha associated with figures from the Hebrew Bible:

The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, vol. 1. James H. Charlesworth, ed. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1983.

The Apocryphal Old Testament. H. F. D. Sparks, ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1984.

Secondary Works

Collins, John J. The Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction to the Jewish Matrix of Christianity. New York: Crossroad, 1984. An excellent introduction to apocalyptic literature.

Himmelfarb, Martha. “From Prophecy to Apocalypse: The Book of the Watchers and Tours of Heaven.” In Arthur Green, ed., Jewish Spirituality: From the Bible through the Middle Ages, pp. 145–65. New York: Crossroad, 1986. Treats the emergence of apocalyptic tours of heaven.

Nickelsburg, George W. E. Jewish Literature Between the Bible and the Mishnah. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1981. Excellent treatments of individual works considered here.

Stone, Michael E. Scriptures, Sects and Visions. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1980. Challenging discussion of varieties of early Judaism with particular interest in apocalyptic literature.

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