Tuesday, February 8, 2011

E-Book of the Week: Approaching the Apocalypse

Court, John M. Approaching the Apocalypse: A Short History of Christian Millenarianism. New York: I. B. Tauris, 2008.

John M. Court’s Approaching the Apocalypse is a fascinating history of the ideas and passions concerning the “end of days” and the coming of the Kingdom of God within western cultural history (alternately referred to as Millenarianism, anticipating the Apocalypse/End of Days/Second Coming, or Christian eschatology). The book’s scope includes examples all the way from the Book of Daniel (though Approaching the Apocalypse is primarily concerned with Christian millenarianism, as opposed to Jewish anticipation of the Messiah) to the Left Behind novels. The book covers a wealth of historical and textual material, and reveals, through striking examples of apocalyptic leaders, cults and movements, 2000 years of Christian eschatological thinking. This lively historical survey is recommended for undergraduate and graduate courses in apocalyptic ideas or millenarian movements, or just for anyone interested in the history of the influence of Christian ideas and philosophy.

Previewed by John Breitmeyer, Research & Instruction Librarian/Web Support Specialist. Click here to read this book.

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