- 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
The publication of previously little known ancient apocalyptic works, including the Ethiopic Book of Enoch or 1 Enoch, led to the scholarly rediscovery of apocalypticism in the nineteenth century. However, it took most of the nineteenth century before the full impact of the new perspective on Jewish apocalypticism on the interpretation of the New Testament could be felt. Apocalypticism provides the narratives and symbolic systems that inspired Jesus, John the Baptist, the apostle Paul, and the earliest community after Easter. This chapter explores the link between apocalypticism and the origins of Christianity.
Adela Yarbro Collins is the Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale. Her books include Crisis and Catharsis: The Power of the Apocalypse and Cosmology and Eschatology in Jewish and Early Christian Apocalypticism.
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