Apocalypticism and Eschatology in Late Antiquity

Encounters in the Abrahamic Religions, 6th-8th Centuries

Amirav H., Grypeou E., Stroumsa G.G., Leuven: Peeters, 2017, 381 p.


This volume includes papers on ancient apocalypticism and eschatology in the crucial period prior to the advent of Islam in the Mediterranean basin, and through the period (the sixth to the eighth centuries) when this new religion took roots and established itself in the area. As these were important social, religious, and cultural phenomena, the contributors to this volume – specialists in Late Antique and Byzantine, Syriac, Jewish, and Arabic studies – have investigated them from a variety of angles and foci, rendering this volume unique in terms of its interdisciplinary approach and broad scope. In this regard, Apocalypticism and Eschatology in Late Antiquity should be read as complimentary to the previous volume in the series, New Themes, New Styles in the Eastern Mediterranean, where similar goals were set and met, namely to understand not only how the Christian and Jewish populations responded to the dramatic political and military changes, but also how they expressed themselves in existing, reinvented, and new literary means at their disposal.

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Table of contents

Foreword and Acknowledgements

List of Contributors

Late Antique Apocalyptic: A Context for the Qur’an? – Averil Cameron

‘Their Evil Rule Must End!’ A Commentary on the Iranian Bundahišn – Domenico Agostini

Apocalyptic Thought Written for Monks? Some Texts and Motifs and Their Function in Greek and Syriac Antiquity – Matthias Binder

The Young Daniel: A Syriac Apocalyptic Text on the End, and the Problem of its Dating – Sebastian Brock

The End is Coming—To what End? Millenarian Expectations in the Seventh-Century Eastern Mediterranean – Lutz Greisiger

Managing Anger, Fear and Hope After the Fall of Jerusalem: ­Anastasius of Sinai, Antiochus, Zacharias of Jerusalem and Sophronius of Jerusalem – Yannis Papadogiannakis

Universal Salvation as an Antidote to Apocalyptic Expectations: Origenism in the Service of Justinian’s Religious Politics – István Perczel

A Revival in Jewish Apocalyptic? Change and Continuity in the Seventh–Eighth Centuries with Special Reference to Pirqe Mashiaḥ – Helen Spurling

Apocalyptic Ideas in Early Medieval Armenia – Robert W. Thomson

Byzantine Greek Apocalypses and the West: A Case Study – Pablo Ubierna

The Eschatological Kerygma of the Early Qur’an – Nicolai Sinai

Apocalypticism in Sunni Hadith – Christopher Melchert

‘A People Will Emerge from the Desert’: Apocalyptic Perceptions of the Early Muslim Conquests in Contemporary Eastern Christian Literature – Emmanouela Grypeou


General Index

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