- 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
This chapter examines the practical implications of belief in the near approach of the eschatological end for early Jews and Christians and the difference it made for ethics and everyday life. It considers how the apocalypse presupposes and reinforces common, widespread moral ideals, and how depictions of the last judgment can reinforce desired behavior as well as promote specific ethical teaching. It also discusses early Christianity according to Acts, focusing on apocalyptic celibacy, physical austerity, missionary urgency, the conversion of the Gentiles, Jerusalem, apocalyptic egalitarianism, and the link between eschatology and violence.
Dale C. Allison, Jr., is Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of, among other books, Jesus of Nazareth: Millenarian Prophet and Constructing Jesus: Memory, History, and Imagination.
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