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Apocalyptic Literature
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A genre of biblical writing that reveals God’s actions and coming judgment in symbolic language. The transition from prophecy and apocalyptic is characterized by an increased use of symbolism and an increased use of heavenly mediators explaining the vision. The latter half of the book of Daniel and the book of Revelation are representative of the apocalyptic genre.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Apocalyptic Literature, Introduction to
Apocalyptic Literature, Introduction to (Ἀποκάλυψις, Apokalypsis, “revelation, unveiling”). A genre of biblical writing that reveals God’s actions and coming judgment in symbolic language. The transition from prophecy and apocalyptic is characterized by an increased use of symbolism and an increased
Apocalypticism, Ancient Near Eastern Backgrounds
Apocalypticism, Ancient Near Eastern Backgrounds Apocalypticism is an ancient ideology whose name is derived from the Greek ἀποκάλυψις (apokalypsis), or “revelation.” Understanding apocalypticism within the context of the ancient Near East is crucial to understanding its use in later Jewish and Christian
Apocalypticism, Early Jewish
Apocalypticism, Early Jewish An eschatologically oriented system of thought that uses highly symbolic imagery to describe the spiritual world and earthly events. A common literary genre of mediated revelatory literature that emphasized the spiritual reality behind visible earthly events.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Apocalyptic Literature
Apocalyptic Literature The word “apocalypse” appears as the first word in our NT apocalypse, the Revelation of John, meaning “disclosure” or “revelation.” In this book it designates “what must soon take place”: the consummation of God’s redemptive purposes. The revelations were imparted to John in a
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Apocalyptic Literature
apocalyptic literature, a genre of literature that owes its name to the nt book of Revelation (Gk. apokalypsis), though that book is not a completely typical example of the genre. Portions of the book of Daniel are also classed as apocalyptic literature, but the main corpus lies outside the Bible in
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Apocalyptic Literature
APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE Writing preoccupied with the eschatological future, e.g., the end of world history, when the powers of evil launch their terminal struggle against God, only to be defeated in a terrible struggle. The name is derived from the Greek apokalypsis (“disclosure,” “unveiling,” or “revelation”),
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Apocalyptic Literature
APOCALYPTIC LITERATUREApocalyptic literature first emerges in Judaism in the centuries immediately before the rise of Christianity. It is represented in the OT only in the book of Daniel. It was extremely important for the thought-world in which Christianity originated, and it has continued to fascinate
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Apocalyptic literature
Apocalyptic literature. The word ‘apocalypse’ (ἀποκάλυψις) means a ‘revelation’ or ‘unveiling’, so that an apocalyptic book claims to reveal things which are normally hidden and to unveil the future. The Jewish Apocalyptic books belong approximately to the period from 200 BC to AD 100 and deal with
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Apocalyptic Literature
Apocalyptic Literatureapocalyptic literature, literature taking its name from the Revelation (Gk. apokalypsis) to John in the nt. The genre is represented in the Hebrew Bible by the book of Daniel, but the main corpus lies outside the Bible in such books as 1 and 2 Enoch, 4 Ezra, 2 and 3 Baruch, Jubilees,
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Apocalyptic Literature
APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE [a pock uh LIP tik] — a certain type of Jewish and Christian literature written in Egypt and Palestine during the period from 200 b.c. to a.d. 200. The word apocalypsis is a Greek word meaning “revelation.” Therefore, apocalyptic literature is a special kind of writing that arose
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE
APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE<a-pok-a-lip’-tik lit’-er-a-tur>:A series of pseudepigraphic works, mainly of Jewish origin, appeared during the period between 210 BC and 200 AD. They have many features in common. The most striking is the resemblance they all bear to the Book of Daniel. Following this model,
Compton’s Encyclopedia
apocalyptic literature
apocalyptic literatureThe literary genre that flourished from about 200 bc to about ad 200, especially in Judaism and Christianity, is known as apocalyptic literature; written primarily to give hope to troubled religious groups; describes dramatic intervention of God on behalf of faithful elect after
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Apocalyptic Literature
apocalyptic literature. A type of Jewish and early Christian writing, the bulk of which stems from c. 200 b.c. to c. a.d. 100, containing visions or revelations from God concerning the imminent end of the present evil age and the final advent of God’s kingdom. In its broadest sense the term apocalyptic
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