By P. J. Harland, Robert Hayward

This article comprises 19 essays on prophecy and apocalyptic. The subject has been selected to coincide with the sunrise of the hot millennium within the yr 2000. The papers learn quite a lot of biblical and early Jewish texts, in addition to the translation of the Bible in additional contemporary instances.

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G o d ' s anger, a n d the adversarial a p p e a r a n c e of the angel, to that failure, to be u n d e r s t o o d in t h e moral Specifically, the angel with the d e a d l y s w o r d represents the moral are the counterpart a n d spiritual categories of p r o p h e c y . and spiritual responsiveness of G o d to Balaam's self-seeking, with all t h e t w o - e d g e d n a t u r e o f d i v i n e e n c o u n t e r , w h o s e o u t c o m e is n o t determinable apart f r o m the h u m a n response to that encounter.

I. 2 8 8 ) . its s u s t a i n e d Philo's use of lion language is a l l u s i v e rather of terms associ- imagery, ated with the imperial t r i u m p h , a n d of t h e m e s shared with tradition, combine to suggest that the ' m a n ' w h o m the Jews' representative and of J u d a h , a lion of a m a n final Targumic he expected as leader would e m e r g e f r o m the tribe to r e p r e s e n t a lion-like people. 5. Conclusion T h e c o n t e n t of B a l a a m ' s oracles as re-written b y Philo supports sev- eral elements of P e d e r Borgen's interpretation of the sage's eschato- logical and opinions.

M o o r e , The Balaam Traditions: Thar Character and Development (Atlanta, 1990), pp. 6 6 - 6 7 , 103; J . T . G r e e n e , Balaam and His Interpreters (Adanta, 1992), pp. 145-147; a n d M . M c N a m a r a , "Early Exegesis in the Palestinian T a r g u m (Neofiti 1) N u m b e r s 24", Proc. of the Irish Bib. Ass. 16 (1993), pp. 5 7 7 9 ‫ ־‬. s a y e r , B a l a a m a c c u r a t e l y p r e d i c t e d t h e f u t u r e ( Vit. Mos. Inspired by God, t h e r e f o r e , his p r o p h e c y q u a l i t y .

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