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The Apocalypse

A Brief History
  • By Martha Himmelfarb
$39.95
This accessible and enlightening history provides insights into the fascinating genre of apocalyptic literature, showing how the apocalypse encompasses far more than popular views of the last judgment and violent end of the world might suggest. An accessible and enlightening history of the "apocalypses"--ancient Jewish and Christian works -- providing fresh insights into the fascinating genre of literature Shows how the apocalypses were concerned not only with popular views of the last judgment and violent end of the world, but with reward and punishment after death, the heavenly temple, and the revelation of astronomical phenomena and other secrets of nature Traces the tradition of apocalyptic writing through the Middle Ages, through to the modern era, when social movements still prophesise the world's imminent demise.

For most people, the term "apocalypse" conjures disturbing images of impending doom. Yet historically, apocalypse encompasses far more than the cataclysmic events prophesied in the Book of Revelation. "The Apocalypse: A Brief History" provides us with a concise historical and thematic introduction to the "apocalypses," the ancient Jewish and Christian works concerned not just with popular views of the last judgment and violent end of the world - but with reward and punishment after death, the heavenly temple, and the revelation of astronomical phenomena and other secrets of nature.

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"

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  • Additional Details
    • SKU: 9781405113472
    • Manufacturer: Paperbackshop Uk Import
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9781405113472
    • Publication Date: 01/01/2010
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Martha Himmelfarb
    • Page Count: 192
    • Width: 5.40 inches
    • Height: 0.60 inches
    • Length: 8.40 inches
    • Weight: 0.50 pounds
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