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End of the World
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I. History of Religions – II. Bible

I. History of Religions

The (potentially) imminent end of the world is taken up in many religious traditions, as is evident from the many graphic accounts of it. The term end of the world refers primarily to cosmological (“physical”) eschatology, as distinct from individual and collective eschatology (i.e. from the idea of a judgment of all or of each person individually).

Some fundamental distinctions should be drawn. First…

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Winter, Franz, Zager, Werner, Zachhuber, Johannes and Evers, Dirk, “End of the World”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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