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Messianism/Messianic Movements
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The early followers of Jesus of Nazareth were not the only Jews of the Roman world to set their hopes in a divinely appointed messianic figure. The sources indicate that from the early 1st century BCE until the 2nd century CE many Jews believed that a heaven-sent eschatological agent would put an end to the present world order, which was perceived as irredeemably corrupt, and usher in a new ag…

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Angel, Joseph L., “Messianism/Messianic Movements”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 06 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_041888>
First published online: 2019



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