Apocalyptic
(2,384 words)

A. General Notions

In the Greek of the Septuagint and of the New Testament the verb άποϰαλύπτω (Hebrew gālāh, Aramaic gelā’) means “to reveal”, and the noun άποϰάλυψις means “revelation”. Apocalyptic is the form taken by the literature of revelation in Judaism from the 2nd century B.C. on. By its very success, it had a marked influence on the literary expression of revelation in the NT, and it retaine…

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Pierre Grelot, “Apocalyptic”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 22 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-483X_smuo_COM_000180>
First published online: 2016



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