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Eschatology in Antiquity: Forms and Functions

Forms and Functions

Edited by: Hilary Marlow , Karla Pollmann , Helen Van Noorden

Print publication date:  September  2021
Online publication date:  September  2021

Print ISBN: 9781138208315
eBook ISBN: 9781315459486
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315459486
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This collection of essays explores the rhetoric and practices surrounding views on life after death and the end of the world, including the fate of the individual, apocalyptic speculation and hope for cosmological renewal, in a wide range of societies from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Byzantine era.

The 42 essays by leading scholars in each field explore the rich spectrum of ways in which eschatological understanding can be expressed, and for which purposes it can be used. Readers will gain new insight into the historical contexts, details, functions and impact of eschatological ideas and imagery in ancient texts and material culture from the twenty-fifth century BCE to the ninth century CE. Traditionally, the study of ?eschatology? (and related concepts) has been pursued mainly by scholars of Jewish and Christian scripture. By broadening the disciplinary scope but remaining within the clearly defined geographical milieu of the Mediterranean, this volume enables its readers to note comparisons and contrasts, as well as exchanges of thought and transmission of eschatological ideas across Antiquity. Cross-referencing, high quality illustrations and extensive indexing contribute to a rich resource on a topic of contemporary interest and relevance.

Eschatology in Antiquity is aimed at readers from a wide range of academic disciplines, as well as non-specialists including seminary students and religious leaders. The primary audience will comprise researchers in relevant fields including Biblical Studies, Classics and Ancient History, Ancient Philosophy, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Art History, Late Antiquity, Byzantine Studies and Cultural Studies. Care has been taken to ensure that the essays are accessible to undergraduates and those without specialist knowledge of particular subject areas.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Beyond the Future Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Individual and Universal Eschatology in Zoroastrianism Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Egyptian Oracles and the Afterlife Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Eschatology in the Book of Isaiah Download PDF
Chapter  5:  “As I Looked” Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Daniel and Daniel Apocalyptica  Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Beyond the Stream of the Ocean Download PDF
Chapter  8:  “Orphic” Eschatologies? Varying Visions of the Afterlife in Greek Thought Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Eschatological Visions in Pindar and Empedocles Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Plato's Myths, the Soul and Its Intra-Cosmic Future Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Contemplating the End of Roman Power Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Protology and Eschatology in the Enochic Traditions Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Dreams and Visions of Eschatological Trees in The Book of the Watchers (1 Enoch 1–36) Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Apocalyptic Eschatology in the Dead Sea Scrolls Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Returning From the Diaspora of the Soul Download PDF
Chapter  16:  End Times and Ending Times in 4 Ezra  Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Eschatology in the Early Jewish Pseudepigrapha and the Early Christian Apocrypha Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Etruscan Eschata  Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Hope and Empire in Ciceronian Eschatology Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Lucretius On the Nature of Things  Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Eschatological Temporalities in Vergil's Elysium Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The End Is the Beginning Is the End Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Eschatology in Seneca Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Enduring Death and Remembering the Apocalypse Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Popular Eschatological Visions in the Roman Empire Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Four Eschatological Emperors Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The End of the Temple or the End of the World? First Century Eschatology in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The End: What and When? Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Eschatology in the Gospel of John and in the Johannine Epistles Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Eschatology Download PDF
Chapter  31:  The Book of Revelation Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Eschatology in Origen From Alexandria Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Eschatology in Early Christian Poetry Download PDF
Chapter  34:  The Eschatological Thought of Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Knowing One's Place Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Eschatological Motifs and Patterns of Thought in Christian Hagiography Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Syriac Eschatology in Antiquity Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Eschatology and Anti-Jewish Polemic Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Early Muslim Apocalypses and Their Origins Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Christian Eschatology in Late Antique/Byzantine Egypt Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Symbols, Icons, Liturgy Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Eschatology in the Apocalyptic Revival in Judaism (Sixth to Ninth Centuries Ce) in Its Historical Context Download PDF
IndexNon_Biblical Sources Index Download PDF
IndexBiblical References Index Download PDF
IndexGeneral Index Download PDF
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