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This learn reconstructs the apocalyptic eschatology in Matthew's Gospel so we may possibly comprehend his time and matters. Sociological research of apocalypticism in Judaism and early Christianity exhibits that any such international view is followed through a minority crew in a time of significant drawback. Matthew's special and infrequently vengeful imaginative and prescient needs to be set opposed to his community's clash with Judaism, Gentiles and the bigger Christian stream and his acute have to increase his community's experience of identification and out of pastoral trouble.

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For recent discussion of this subject, see Davidson, Angels at Qumran, pp. 144—62. Characteristics of apocalyptic eschatology 39 spirits, the spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood (3:18-19). These spirits struggle for supremacy (4:18, 24-5) and are governed respectively by Michael the Prince of Light and Belial the Prince of Darkness (3:20-1). Thus, as in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, the struggle between good and evil on the cosmic level is manifested on the individual human level.

10 Rowland argues that the very term 'apocalyptic eschatology' is a misnomer on the grounds that there is no unity of thought in the eschatological schemes of the apocalypses and that their end-time themes are found both within and without the apocalyptic genre. Since there is no necessary connection between the genre apocalypse and what is normally defined as apocalyptic eschatology, Rowland contends that the former should remain and that the latter should be dropped. 11 Although Rowland does not discuss the social movement, it is clear that such a change of name for apocalyptic eschatology would necessitate an alteration of the word 'apocalypticism'.

Jud. Dan 6:10-11). Gad 4:7). It is clear from this brief summary that the Satan tradition as we find it in Revelation and at Qumran, and to a lesser extent in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, reflects a developed cosmic dualism. The cosmic order is not merely divided into those angels who rebelled against God and those who have not, but these angelic forces are currently engaged in a fierce struggle for supremacy, a conflict which will only be resolved at the eschaton (see further below).

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