The book traces the tradition of apocalyptic writing through the Middle Ages, when Jews and Christians continued to record apocalypses and developed related forms of literature. It concludes with a look at the modern era, a time when the production of apocalypses may have ended, yet movements with intense expectations of the world's imminent demise continue unabated. Accessible and enlightening, this brief history provides readers with insights into the fascinating historical genre of apocalyptic literature.
"The author is an expert guide who both clears away the brushwood that can obscure our vision and also identifies and outlines the really important milestones. Written in an accessible style and uncluttered by detail, thisan excellent example of a scholar making available to a wide audience the fruits of her considerable academic labours in a field that has significant contemporary relevance."
--"Kenneth Newport, Liverpool Hope University"