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A. General Notions

In the Greek of the Septuagint and of the New Testament the verb άποϰαλύπτω (Hebrew gālāh, Aramaic gelā’) means “to reveal”, and the noun άποϰάλυψις means “revelation”. Apocalyptic is the form taken by the literature of revelation in Judaism from the 2nd century B.C. on. By its very success, it had a marked influence on the literary expression of revelation in the NT, and it retained a con…

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Pierre Grelot, “Apocalyptic”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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