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date: 26 March 2019

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This chapter discusses topics related to teaching about the end of the world in Early Christian Apocrypha, such as the resurrection of the dead and the judgement of the world. Some texts link these topics to the second coming of Christ and describe events that precede them. Other texts understand them as a present, ongoing reality. Some texts put their main emphasis on the otherworldly fate of the dead, particularly on the punishments of the sinners. As the chapter shows, eschatological teachings in early Christian apocryphal texts are diverse and multiform, reflecting the similar diversity and multiformity of views found in the texts that were included in the New Testament.

Keywords: eschatology, judgement, resurrection, heaven, hell, other world, parousia, Messianic era

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