The Cambridge Companion to Apocalyptic Literature

The Cambridge Companion to Apocalyptic Literature

Edited by Colin McAllister
Cambridge University Press, 2020

Abstract: Jewish and Christian apocalypses have captivated theologians, writers, artists, and the general public for centuries, and have had a profound influence on world history from their initial production by persecuted Jews during the second century BCE, to the birth of Christianity—through the demise of the Western Roman Empire and the medieval period, and continuing into modernity. Far from being an outlier concern, or an academic one that may be relegated to the dustbin of history, apocalyptic thinking is ubiquitous and continues to inform nearly all aspects of modern-day life. It addresses universal human concerns: the search for identity and belonging, speculation about the future, and (for some) a blueprint that provides meaning and structure to a seemingly chaotic world. The Cambridge Companion to Apocalyptic Literature brings together a field of leading experts to provide a comprehensive overview of the subject.

Table of Contents

1. Through a Glass Darkly: Time, the End, and the Essence of Apocalyptica (Colin McAllister, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)
2. Apocalypticism as a Worldview in Ancient Judaism and Christianity (John J. Collins, Yale Divinity School)
3. Introduction to the Book of Revelation (Ian Paul, University of Nottingham)
4. The Gnostic Apocalypses (Dylan M. Burns, Free University of Berlin)
5. Exegeting the Apocalypse with the Donatist Communion (Jesse Hoover, Baylor University)
6. Tests of Faith, Rebirth out of Corruption, or Endless Cycles of Regeneration: Experiments in the Restoration of the Late Roman Empire (Brian Duvick, University
of Colorado, Colorado Springs)
7. Latin Reception of the Apocalypse in the Early Middle Ages (E. Ann Matter, University of Pennsylvania)
8. Exegesis of the Apocalypse in the Tenth Century (Francis X. Gumerlock, Colorado College)
9. The End of the World at the Ends of the Earth: Apocalyptic Thought in Medieval
Ireland (John Carey, University College, Cork)
10. Byzantine Apocalyptic Literature (András Kraft, Princeton University)
11. Joachim of Fiore and the Apocalyptic Revival of the Twelfth Century (Brett Edward Whalen, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
12. Apocalyptic Sensibility in Renaissance Europe (Ian Boxall, Catholic University
of America)
13. “Pride & Vanity of the imagination, That disdains to follow this World’s Fashion:” Apocalypticism in the Age of Reason (Christopher Rowland, Queen’s College, University of Oxford)
14. The Formation of Antichrist in Medieval Western Christian Thought (Kevin Hughes,
Villanova University)
15. From Jerusalem to Dabiq: Trajectories of Contemporary Salafi-jihadi Apocalypticism (David Cook, Rice University)
16. American Evangelicals and the Apocalypse (Daniel G. Hummel, University of Wisconsin, Madison)
17. Apocalypticism in the Contemporary World (Lorenzo DiTommaso, Concordia University Montréal)

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