- List of Contributors
- What Is Apocalyptic Literature?
- Apocalyptic Prophecy
- The Inheritance of Prophecy in Apocalypse
- Wisdom and Apocalypticism
- Scriptural Interpretation in Early Jewish Apocalypses
- Apocalyptic Literature and the Study of Early Jewish Mysticism
- Dreams and Visions in Early Jewish and Early Christian Apocalypses and Apocalypticism
- Social-Scientific Approaches to Apocalyptic Literature
- Jewish Apocalyptic Literature as Resistance Literature
- Apocalypse and Empire
- A Postcolonial Reading of Apocalyptic Literature
- The Rhetoric of Jewish Apocalyptic Literature
- Early Christian Apocalyptic Rhetoric
- Deconstructing Apocalyptic Literalist Allegory
- Apocalyptic Determinism
- Apocalyptic Dualism
- Apocalyptic Ethics and Behavior
- Apocalypse and Torah in Ancient Judaism
- Apocalypticism and Christian Origins
- Descents to Hell and Ascents to Heaven in Apocalyptic Literature
- Apocalypses among Gnostics and Manichaeans
- The Imagined World of the Apocalypses
- Messianism as a Political Power in Contemporary Judaism
- Apocalypticism and Radicalism
- Apocalypse and Violence
- Apocalypticism in Contemporary Christianity
- Apocalypse and Trauma
- Apocalypticism and Popular Culture
- Scriptural and Ancient Texts
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
As a remarkably mutable cultural form, apocalypticism raises a number of questions about what apocalypse is and why it has affected people throughout the ages. Taking root in the ancient Near East, apocalyptic literature was promulgated in the scripture of Jews and Christians. Apocalypticism extends the implications and expectations of the genre of apocalypse into social, psychological, and cultural areas. In particular, it is linked to remaking a world shattered by unexpected, unexplained pain and disillusionment, also known as trauma. This chapter examines the relationship between traumatic experience and apocalyptic thought, as well as the relationship between apocalypses and nostalgia. It discusses the connection between national disaster and trauma in the context of the death of one’s nation or community, and how trauma relates to apocalyptic violence.
Dereck Daschke is Professor of Philosophy & Religion at Truman State University. His books include City of Ruins: Mourning the Destruction of Jerusalem through Jewish Apocalypse and A Cry Instead of Justice: The Bible and Cultures of Violence in Psychological Perspective (co-edited with D. Andrew Kille).
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