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Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion #23: The Apocalypse: A Brief History

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For most people, the term "apocalypse" conjures disturbing images of impending doom. Yet historically, apocalypse encompasses far more than the cataclysmic events prophesied in the Book of Revelation. A Brief History of the Apocalypse provides us with a concise historical and thematic introduction to the "apocalypses," the ancient Jewish and Christian works concerned not just with popular views of the last judgment and violent end of the world – but with reward and punishment after death, the heavenly temple, and the revelation of astronomical phenomena and other secrets of nature.

The book traces the tradition of apocalyptic writing through the Middle Ages, when Jews and Christians continued to record apocalypses and developed related forms of literature. It concludes with a look at the modern era, a time when the production of apocalypses may have ended, yet movements with intense expectations of the world's imminent demise continue unabated. Accessible and enlightening, this brief history provides readers with insights into the fascinating historical genre of apocalyptic literature.

Synopsis:

Martha Himmelfarb is the William H. Danforth Professor of Religion at Princeton University. Her work has focused on Judaism of the Second Temple period and apocalyptic literature in particular. She is the author of Tours of Hell: An Apocalyptic Form in Jewish and Christian Literature (1985), Ascent to Heaven in Jewish and Christian Apocalypses (1993), and A Kingdom of Priests: Ancestry and Merit in Ancient Judaism (2006).

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This accessible and enlightening history provides insights into the fascinating genre of apocalyptic literature, showing how the apocalypse encompasses far more than popular views of the last judgment and violent end of the world might suggest.
  • An accessible and enlightening history of the "apocalypses"--ancient Jewish and Christian works — providing fresh insights into the fascinating genre of literature
  • Shows how the apocalypses were concerned not only with popular views of the last judgment and violent end of the world, but with reward and punishment after death, the heavenly temple, and the revelation of astronomical phenomena and other secrets of nature
  • Traces the tradition of apocalyptic writing through the Middle Ages, through to the modern era, when social movements still prophesise the world’s imminent demise

About the Author

"This is certainly a valuable addition.  We look forward to those which are yet to come." (Theological Book Review, 2010)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Chronology

1. Revelation in the Age of the Torah

2. The Book of the Watchers   and Ascent to Heaven

3. The Book of Daniel and the Kingdom of the Holy Ones

4. The Heavenly Messiah

5. The Heavenly Temple, the Fate of Souls after Death, and Cosmology

6. Tours of Paradise and Hell and the Hekhalot Texts

7. Eschatology in the Byzantine Empire

8. Apocalyptic Movements in the Modern Era

Further Reading

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405113465
Subtitle:
A Brief History
Author:
Himmelfarb, Martha
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Subject:
Apocalyptic literature
Subject:
History
Subject:
Apocalypse, revelation, Armageddon, last judgment, apocalyptic literature, end of the world, hell
Subject:
| History of Religion
Subject:
Christianity-Eschatology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WOL online Book (not BRO)
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion
Series Volume:
23
Publication Date:
20100122
Binding:
Online electronic file accessible through online networks
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
222.8 x 156.2 x 20.8 mm 13 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Martha Himmelfarb is the William H. Danforth Professor of Religion at Princeton University. Her work has focused on Judaism of the Second Temple period and apocalyptic literature in particular. She is the author of Tours of Hell: An Apocalyptic Form in Jewish and Christian Literature (1985), Ascent to Heaven in Jewish and Christian Apocalypses (1993), and A Kingdom of Priests: Ancestry and Merit in Ancient Judaism (2006).

"Synopsis" by , This accessible and enlightening history provides insights into the fascinating genre of apocalyptic literature, showing how the apocalypse encompasses far more than popular views of the last judgment and violent end of the world might suggest.
  • An accessible and enlightening history of the "apocalypses"--ancient Jewish and Christian works — providing fresh insights into the fascinating genre of literature
  • Shows how the apocalypses were concerned not only with popular views of the last judgment and violent end of the world, but with reward and punishment after death, the heavenly temple, and the revelation of astronomical phenomena and other secrets of nature
  • Traces the tradition of apocalyptic writing through the Middle Ages, through to the modern era, when social movements still prophesise the world’s imminent demise
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