- 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 looks at several historical examples of apocalyptic radicalism in relation to apocalyptic literature, including the trial of Anne Hutchinson in New England in 1637 and Gerrard Winstanley’s interpretation of Daniel 7. Other examples include apocalypticism in the English Revolution involving Mary Cary, Anna Trapnel, and Winstanley. The chapter also focuses on Joachim of Fiore, one of the most significant figures in the history of apocalypticism; Girolamo Savonarola, a Dominican preacher, Sandro Botticelli, an early Renaissance painter; German theologian Thomas Müntzer; Joanna Southcott, Richard Brothers, and William Blake. Finally, it considers the apostle Paul in relation to apocalypticism and radical theology in recent theology and philosophy.
Christopher Rowland is Dean Ireland’s Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford. His books include The Open Heaven and Blake and the Bible.
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