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Apocalypse
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I. Form and Genre – II. Literature (in Antiquity)

I. Form and Genre

1. Genre.

Apocalypse as a literary genre represents a genre of revelatory literature found predominantly in early Jewish and early Christian literature, although it is also attested in Middle Persian, Greco-Roman, and Gnostic literature. Apocalypses can appear as independent texts or compilations as parts of larger documents or other genres. In contrast to Judeo-Christian marginal groups (Mysticism; Gnosis/Gnosticism) of …

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Hellholm, David and Frankfurter, David, “Apocalypse”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_00862>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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