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Apocalypticism
(5,663 words)

1. Scope

1.1. Definition

Apocalypticism, which was forged within the Judeo-Christian tradition, comprises a literary genre, a set of eschatological concepts, and a world-renouncing lifestyle. Apocalypticism differs from eschatology, millenarianism, and messianism. Eschatology reflects on the end of the old aeon, apocalypticism on the way to the new aeon. Millenarianism appeals to the vision of a millennium without work or government, apocalypticism to an otherworldly lifestyle. …

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Kippenberg, Hans G., Koch, Klaus, Deppermann, Klaus and Boyer, Paul, “Apocalypticism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 20 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A416>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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