Visionary literature
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[German version]

The visions portrayed in Jewish and Christian visionary literature, which were experienced in dreams or in ecstasy, described mystical revelation, divine intervention and the eschatological conflict between divine justice and mercy. In the best-known category, the 'descent into hell', a divine being leads a seer to the place where the damned are tormented (Apocalypse of Zephaniah, Apocalypse of Peter, Apocalypse of Paul, see Paulus [2] III, the original Greek Apocalypse of Ezra, Latin Visiones Esrae, Acts of Thomas 55-57). Another common feature of thes…

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Brock, Ann Graham (Cambridge, MA), “Visionary literature”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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