Between symbolism and realism: The use of symbolic and by Reynolds, Bennie H.

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63 60 Gerhard von Rad, Old Testament Theology: The Theology of Israel's Prophetic Tradition (trans. trans. D. Stalker; vol. II; New York: Harper & Row, 1965), 301-15. 61 Von Rad’s position is well known and often described. His main critique is that the respective conceptions of history in Prophecy and Apokalyptik are irreconcilable. , 303-08. Criticisms of von Rad have become more muted since scholars have recognized that the origin of apocalypses cannot be expressed in “either/or” terms. For example, Hans Peter Müller has outlined the important connection between features of apocalypses and Near Eastern mantic wisdom and his argument has been widely accepted.

While Carmignac believes their respective definitions are more alike than they are different, Carmignac’s definition places primary emphasis on language. More specifically, Carmignac views symbolic language, an element totally missing from Collins’s definition (see above), as a defining feature of 39 apocalypses. Further, Carmignac leaves eschatology out of his paradigm. Collins, like most scholars, emphasizes eschatology. 106 The definitions are similar to the extent that they both consider apocalypses to be heavenly revelations.

Further, Carmignac leaves eschatology out of his paradigm. Collins, like most scholars, emphasizes eschatology. 106 The definitions are similar to the extent that they both consider apocalypses to be heavenly revelations. The glaring difference is that Carmignac pushes language to the forefront of his definition while Collins leaves it out entirely. For Collins, language is not part of the generic framework of apocalypses. ” He does, however, suggest a proper way to understand the symbols. While Collins treats symbols as a product of the use of old myths, Carmignac believes that the use of symbols in apocalypses owes to the origins of apocalypses in dream visions: Les songes ont souvent été considérés comme des revelations célestes et leur élément irrationnel pouvait facilement donner prise à des interprétations symboliques.

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