Apocalyptic messianism and contemporary Jewish-American by R. Barbara Gitenstein

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No tradition valued the power of the word more. However, the natural reticence of the apocalyptists in committing to writing the secrets of the time and the nature of the Messianic Age resulted in very few intelligible texts being extant. A very few, highly symbolic, indeed obscurely symbolic, renderings of the theories of apocalyptic messianism and several more straightforward renderings written by disciples rather than leaders of movements do exist. The documents do not provide a shared doctrine of apocalyptic messianism.

54/098924 subject : American poetry--Jewish authors--History and criticism, Judaism and literature--United States--History--20th century, Jewish religious poetry, American--History and criticism, American poetry--20th century--History and criticism, Apocalyptic literature--H Page i Apocalyptic Messianism and Contemporary Jewish-American Poetry Page ii SUNY Series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture Sarah Blacher Cohen, Editor Page iii Apocalyptic Messianism and Contemporary Jewish-American Poetry R.

Because of its surprising influence on contemporary Jewish-American letters, this study will use the messianic ideal as communicated through the most literary of devicesthe apocalypse. This genre is especially apt for a contemporary Jewish literature Page 15 because the apocalyptic is a genre associated with the exile and because it is associated with times of great upheaval and distress of the Jewish people. Post-Holocaust American literature by Jews is surely a literature of the exile and indicates (in the last twenty years) an awareness of the horrors of the Holocaust.

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