Millennialism from the Hebrew Bible to the Present

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The concept of millennialism—of a looming End of Days that will usher in salvation and a new world—is prevalent in Jewish history and culture and also serves as a cornerstone for a number of Christian faiths. Millennialism has also sprung up among certain disenfranchised, marginalized, or conquered peoples at different times and places throughout history. From the coming of the Jewish Messiah to the 1890 Native American Ghost Dance to modern Cargo Cults of the Pacific Islands to recent prophecies concerning the ...
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Overview

The concept of millennialism—of a looming End of Days that will usher in salvation and a new world—is prevalent in Jewish history and culture and also serves as a cornerstone for a number of Christian faiths. Millennialism has also sprung up among certain disenfranchised, marginalized, or conquered peoples at different times and places throughout history. From the coming of the Jewish Messiah to the 1890 Native American Ghost Dance to modern Cargo Cults of the Pacific Islands to recent prophecies concerning the dawn of the third millennium, people have anticipated, feared, and built their lives around a transformation of their world marked by a significant calendar moment or momentous event.

The twelve contributors to this volume examine the concept of the End of Days in Judaic history and culture as well as other important manifestations in the past and present. Topics include the dynamics and process of millennialism; the role of children in millennial religions; the enduring messianic significance of Jerusalem; the influence of ancient Judaic millennialism on current sensibilities; a comparison of the roots and meanings of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian calendars; the roots of the Christian antichrist in Jewish traditions of evil; differing rabbinical interpretations of the End of Days; the impact of millennialism on the Franciscan mission to New Spain; millennialism as a process of cultural mourning and rebirth; the appropriation and reinterpretation of the Book of Revelation by new religious movements; the significance and influence of apocalyptic movies; and the emergence of millennialism in popular culture in such television shows as The X-Files.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781881871415
  • Publisher: Creighton University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Studies in Jewish Civilization
  • Pages: 283
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Editors' Introduction
Contributors
Understanding Peaceful and Violent Contemporary Millennial Movements 1
The Dawn of the New Cycle: Millennial Hopes and Pedagogical Realities 9
Where the End Times Begin: Jerusalem and the Millennial Vision of Evangelical Christians 31
Apocalyptic Schemes and Dreams: How an Ancient Jewish Vision of the Future Came to Dominate the Modern World 49
"Teach Us to Number Our Days": The Elusive Epoch in Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Calendars 63
Antichrist and His Predecessors: The Incorporation of Jewish Traditions of Evil into Christian End-Time Scenarios 91
The Apocalypse According to the Rabbis: Divergent Rabbinic Views on the End of Days 115
The New-World Pilgrimage of the Church: Millennial Hopes and Disappointments in the Franciscan Mission to New Spain 135
Mourning the End of Time: Apocalypses As Texts of Cultural Loss 159
A Borrowed Apocalypse: Reading the Book of Revelation in New Religious Movements 181
Atomic Bomb Cinema: Judaism, the Apocalyptic Narrative Tradition, and Western Culture and the Dawn of the New Millennium 203
The End of the World and The X-Files: The Dismemberment of Christian Millennialism in American Mass-Mediated Entertainment 227
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