1 Enoch 103:4


2 I know a mystery And have read the heavenly tablets, And have seen the holy books, And have found written therein and inscribed regarding them: 3 That all goodness and joy and glory are prepared for them, And written down for the spirits of those who have died in righteousness, And that manifold good shall be given to you in recompense for your labours, And that your lot is abundantly beyond the lot of the living. 4 And the spirits of you who have died in righteousness shall live and rejoice, And their spirits shall not perish, nor their memorial from before the face of the Great One Unto all the generations of the world: wherefore no longer fear their contumely.

Jubilees 23:30


29 And all their days they shall complete and live in peace and in joy, And there shall be no Satan nor any evil destroyer; For all their days shall be days of blessing and healing. 30 And at that time the Lord will heal His servants, And they shall rise up and see great peace, And drive out their adversaries. And the righteous shall see and be thankful, And rejoice with joy for ever and ever, And shall see all their judgments and all their curses on their enemies. 31 And their bones shall rest in the earth, And their spirits shall have much joy, And they shall know that it is the Lord who executes judgment, And shows mercy to hundreds and thousands and to all that love Him 32 And do thou, Moses, write down these words; for thus are they written, and they record (them) on the heavenly tablets for a testimony for the generations for ever.

 Notes and References

"... further apocalyptic motifs can be found throughout the canonical letter. Philippians 1:1–3:1 4:1–7 is called a “letter of joy” because Paul makes continual requests to rejoice and there are reassurances of joyful feelings on both sides: Paul’s (Philippians 1:4, 18; 2:2, 17; 4:1) and the community’s (1:25; 2:18, 28; 3:1). When Paul finally prompts the Philippians: “Rejoice in the Lord always; I shall say it again: rejoice ... The Lord is near” (Philippians 4:4–5), the eschatological dimension of this joy becomes obvious. Despite current sufferings (compare Philippians 1:12–18, 28–30), Paul and the community participate already in the heavenly joy as God’s righteous ones in their state of salvation, similar to such announcements in late prophetic and apocalyptic literature ... Compare Isaiah 65:17–22; 1 Enoch 103; Jubilees 23:30; 1 Enoch 51:5; 1QS 4:7; 2 Baruch 73:2, etc. ..."

Standhartinger, Angela "Apocalyptic Thought in Philippians" in Stuckenbruck, Loren T. (ed.) The Jewish Apocalyptic Tradition and the Shaping of New Testament Thought (pp. 233-244) Fortress Press, 2017

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