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Apocalypse of Baruch and The Assumption of Moses

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Writing at the time of the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, Baruch converses directly with God in a series of visions.

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Publisher's Synopsis
The fall of Jerusalem is given as part of a larger end-of-the-world scenario. Baruch then receives prophecy: periods of light and darkness shall come, symbolized by rains bright and black, corresponding to alternating times when humanity lives in peace and harmony, then dark periods when evil reigns.

Of particular note is the apocalypse when the Messiah appears again on earth. This alternate tale of the apocalypse inspires hope - evil is punished, condemned to hell and cast off the earth, while those "left behind" are actually the righteous who will enjoy, literally, heaven on earth. Obviously a differing view from the currently in-vogue idea of "rapture."

Also included in this edition is The Assumption of Moses, an apocryphal fragment noted to have influenced other descriptions of the apocalypse included in the Bible.

Reviews
"Mr. Charles has in this work followed up the admirable editions of other pieces of apocalyptic literature with an edition equally admirable. Some of the notes on theological or other points of special interest are very full and instructive. The whole work is an honour to English scholarship... The work before us is one that no future student of the apocalyptic literature will be able to neglect, and students of the New Testament or the contemporary Jewish thought will find much to interest them in it."      ~Primitive Methodist Quarterly Review

Excerpt

"For at the heights of the world they shall dwell,
And they shall be made like unto the angels,
And be made equal to the stars,
And they shall be changed into every form they desire,
From beauty into loveliness,
And from that light into the splendour of glory."

Biography
R.H. Charles was a noted theologian and scholar with many of his reference works remaining in print today and still of superlative scholarly value. His book, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament in English remains a relevant work due mainly to his superior editorial skills. He died in 1931.

Translator Charles, R.H.
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 128 pp.
Publisher Wesier Books 2006
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