Cosmos, Chaos, and the World to Come: The Ancient Roots of Apocalyptic Faith / Edition 2

Cosmos, Chaos, and the World to Come: The Ancient Roots of Apocalyptic Faith / Edition 2

by Norman Cohn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300090889

ISBN-13: 9780300090888

Pub. Date: 08/28/2001

Publisher: Yale University Press

In this book, the author of the classic work The Pursuit of the Millennium investigates the origins of apocalyptic faith - the belief in a perfect future, when the forces of good are victorious over the forces of evil. Norman Cohn takes us back two thousand years to the world views of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and India, the innovations of Iranian and Jewish…  See more details below

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In this book, the author of the classic work The Pursuit of the Millennium investigates the origins of apocalyptic faith - the belief in a perfect future, when the forces of good are victorious over the forces of evil. Norman Cohn takes us back two thousand years to the world views of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and India, the innovations of Iranian and Jewish prophets and sages, and the earliest Christian imaginings of heaven on earth, and he illuminates a major turning point in the history of human consciousness. For this second edition, the final chapter on Zoroastrians, Jews, and Christians has been wholly rewritten and extended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300090888
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Edition description:
Subsequent
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the New Edition
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Pt. 1The Ancient Near East and Beyond
1Egyptians3
2Mesopotamians31
3Vedic Indians57
4Zoroastrians77
5From Combat Myth to Apocalyptic Faith105
Pt. 2Syro-Palestinian Crucible
6Ugarit119
7Yahweh and the Jerusalem Monarchy129
8Exile and After141
9Jewish Apocalypses (I)163
10Jewish Apocalypses (II)176
11The Jesus Sect194
12The Book of Revelation212
13Zoroastrians, Jews and Christians220
Afterword232
Appendix234
Notes240
Index277

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