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The Real History of the End of the World: Apocalyptic Predictions from Revelation and Nostradamus to Y2K and 2012

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"'Warning,' the bumper sticker reads, 'in case of rapture, this car will be unmanned.'

The sticker refers to a story by evangelist Jerry Falwell, who told followers to imagine themselves in a car with non-Christians. When the trumpet of Judgment Day sounds, he said, they'd be taken bodily into heaven, leaving the non-believers behind. 'This is a fairly dramatic image,' Portland historian Sharan Newman writes. 'My initial reaction is not to let the Christian drive.'

It's easy to forgive Newman her cynicism about Falwell's particular vision of doomsday. Ever since societies began, people have been speculating about how they're going to come crashing down. In The Real History of the End of the World: Apocalyptic Predictions from Revelation and Nostradamus to Y2K and 2012, Newman documents more than 6,000 years of speculation on the subject." Katie Schneider, The Oregonian (read the entire Oregonian review)

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Publisher Comments:

From the author of The Real History Behind the Templars — the origins and stories behind end-of-the-world predictions throughout history, from Revelations to 2012.

In entertaining and sharp prose, historian Sharan Newman explores theories of world destruction from ancient times up to the present day- theories which reveal as much about human nature as they do about the predominant historical, scientific, and religious beliefs of the time. Readers will find answers to the following end-of-times questions:

  • Did the Mayans really say the world will end in December 2012?
  • How have the signs in the New Testament Book of Revelations been interpreted over the years?
  • How did ancient Egyptians, Norse, and Chinese think the world would end?
  • When did Nostradamus predict that the last days would come?
  • Does the I Ching reference 2012?
  • Why didn't the world end in Y2K?
  • Are meteors, global warming, super-volcanoes, and the threat of nuclear war signs that the end is near?

Review:

"In this cogent history, novelist and medieval historian Newman (The Witch in the Well, The Real History Behind the DaVinci Code) takes a cheerfully skeptical view of end-of-times prophesies beginning with the many flood stories of pre-historical Mesopotamia (including Noah's Ark), and ending with modern apocalyptic visions like the Branch Davidians cult, the contemporary Christian idea of rapture, and the (secular) Y2K scare. In between these bookends, Newman dips into the apocalyptic beliefs of early Christians (such as the vision of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse), Chinese Daoism, the fictional 12th century magician Merlin ( 'associated with prophecy' throughout Europe for more than 800 years), and the increasingly infamous Mayan calendar that supposedly 'ends' on December 21, 2012, a false prophesy Newman attributes to commentators who don't understand the writing, religion or archaeoastronomy of the ancient civilization: 'the Mayans, like the Egyptians, were more concerned with keeping the world going than with when it was going to end.' Entertaining and well-footnoted, this guide to the ends of the Earth will inform skeptics but is unlikely to sway believers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

Trained in medieval history and possessed of an innate sense of curiosity, Newman is also gifted with an easy humor and a personal writing style that engage the reader and belie the wealth of information she's providing, in this case, into the fascinating, strongly held, and often contradictory theories and beliefs about the end of the world. Impressive in its breadth--with beliefs included from the Ancient Near East to present-day notions of the Rapture, of scientists from the Age of Reason, and from religions world wide--the volume lucidly describes the beliefs involved, ties them to universal themes, and in its sensible tone and love of puns suggests that even if things are this serious, they've been this serious since the beginning of time. The text is annotated and includes a glossary. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In entertaining prose, Newman explores theories of world destruction from ancient times up to the present day — theories which reveal as much about human nature as they do about the predominant historical, scientific, and religious beliefs of the time.

Synopsis:

From the author of The Real History Behind the Templars--the origins and stories behind end-of-the-world predictions throughout history, from Revelations to 2012.

In entertaining and sharp prose, historian Sharan Newman explores theories of world destruction from ancient times up to the present day- theories which reveal as much about human nature as they do about the predominant historical, scientific, and religious beliefs of the time. Readers will find answers to the following end-of-times questions:

?Did the Mayans really say the world will end in December 2012?

?How have the signs in the New Testament Book of Revelations been interpreted over the years?

?How did ancient Egyptians, Norse, and Chinese think the world would end?

?When did Nostradamus predict that the last days would come?

?Does the I Ching reference 2012?

?Why didn't the world end in Y2K?

?Are meteors, global warming, super-volcanoes, and the threat of nuclear war signs that the end is near?

About the Author

Sharan Newman is the author of The Real History Behind the Templars and The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code, as well as many other books. She is a longtime member of the Medieval Academy and is finishing her dissertation in medieval history at UC Santa Barbara.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780425232538
Author:
Newman, Sharan
Publisher:
Berkley Publishing Group
Subject:
General
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Prophecies -- History.
Subject:
End of the world -- History of doctrines.
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.22x5.50x.72 in. .60 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this cogent history, novelist and medieval historian Newman (The Witch in the Well, The Real History Behind the DaVinci Code) takes a cheerfully skeptical view of end-of-times prophesies beginning with the many flood stories of pre-historical Mesopotamia (including Noah's Ark), and ending with modern apocalyptic visions like the Branch Davidians cult, the contemporary Christian idea of rapture, and the (secular) Y2K scare. In between these bookends, Newman dips into the apocalyptic beliefs of early Christians (such as the vision of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse), Chinese Daoism, the fictional 12th century magician Merlin ( 'associated with prophecy' throughout Europe for more than 800 years), and the increasingly infamous Mayan calendar that supposedly 'ends' on December 21, 2012, a false prophesy Newman attributes to commentators who don't understand the writing, religion or archaeoastronomy of the ancient civilization: 'the Mayans, like the Egyptians, were more concerned with keeping the world going than with when it was going to end.' Entertaining and well-footnoted, this guide to the ends of the Earth will inform skeptics but is unlikely to sway believers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "'Warning,' the bumper sticker reads, 'in case of rapture, this car will be unmanned.'

The sticker refers to a story by evangelist Jerry Falwell, who told followers to imagine themselves in a car with non-Christians. When the trumpet of Judgment Day sounds, he said, they'd be taken bodily into heaven, leaving the non-believers behind. 'This is a fairly dramatic image,' Portland historian Sharan Newman writes. 'My initial reaction is not to let the Christian drive.'

It's easy to forgive Newman her cynicism about Falwell's particular vision of doomsday. Ever since societies began, people have been speculating about how they're going to come crashing down. In The Real History of the End of the World: Apocalyptic Predictions from Revelation and Nostradamus to Y2K and 2012, Newman documents more than 6,000 years of speculation on the subject." Katie Schneider, The Oregonian (read the entire Oregonian review)
"Synopsis" by , In entertaining prose, Newman explores theories of world destruction from ancient times up to the present day — theories which reveal as much about human nature as they do about the predominant historical, scientific, and religious beliefs of the time.
"Synopsis" by ,
From the author of The Real History Behind the Templars--the origins and stories behind end-of-the-world predictions throughout history, from Revelations to 2012.

In entertaining and sharp prose, historian Sharan Newman explores theories of world destruction from ancient times up to the present day- theories which reveal as much about human nature as they do about the predominant historical, scientific, and religious beliefs of the time. Readers will find answers to the following end-of-times questions:

?Did the Mayans really say the world will end in December 2012?

?How have the signs in the New Testament Book of Revelations been interpreted over the years?

?How did ancient Egyptians, Norse, and Chinese think the world would end?

?When did Nostradamus predict that the last days would come?

?Does the I Ching reference 2012?

?Why didn't the world end in Y2K?

?Are meteors, global warming, super-volcanoes, and the threat of nuclear war signs that the end is near?

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