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Jewish Apocalyptic Literature: Apocalypticism and Early Christianity

Apocalypticism and Early Christianity

Apocalypticism represents the central, characteristic transformation of Hebrew thought in the period of the Second Temple. It therefore constituted the worldview of Jesus, Paul, and the earliest Christians, and it is the context in which the New Testament books were written. Every significant layer of the NT features the distinctive concerns of apocalyptic literature, including the expectation of a messiah, hope for a resurrection, expectation of a final judgment, and a spiritual world of angels and demons.

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