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Apocalypticism Explained:  Prominent historians and biblical scholars trace the evolution of apocalyptic ideology throughout the ages
THE JEWS & THE BIRTH OF APOCALYPTIC THOUGHT
The Political History of the Jewish People
It is central to the roots of apocalyptic belief; the origins of the Book of Revelation lie in the Jews' wars, defeats and despair.
Jesus and John the Baptist
Why can they be described as 'apocalyptic preachers?'
Jerusalem
On the eve of the new millennium, why is this city ground zero for apocalyptic fervor?
THE JEWS & THE BIRTH OF APOCALYPTIC THOUGHT
The Book of Revelation
In nearly every age, it has excited a belief that the end is imminent. Why does this mysterious last book of the bible lend itself to so many, often contradictory, interpretations, and what does it reveal?
The Book of Daniel
This book of the Jewish bible,written about 164 BC, is viewed as the first real apocalypse.
APOCALYPSE IN EUROPE
The Antichrist Legend
How this figure in medieval Europe became central to the apocalyptic vision.
Joachim of Fiore
This 12th century Italian monk claimed to have unlocked the secret of the Book of Revelation as the key to understanding the whole of the Bible.
The Crusades
An examination of their apocalyptic dimensions and how they launched a thousand years of anti-semitism.
Martin Luther
He claimed that the pope was the Antichrist, and interpreted the Book of Revelation as revealing the Church of Rome was secretly serving Satan.
Thomas Muentzer
His visions of how the world will end resonated through 16th century Germany to modern day apocalyptic believers.
Nazism and Marxism
A summary of how these two ideologies share a similar apocalyptic vision and rhetoric.
AMERICA,  THE NEW JERUSALEM
Christopher Columbus
His writings and letters indicate that he saw himself on an apocalyptic mission.
The Puritans
In settling America, they were driven by prophecy. They saw their theocratic colony as a model of the New Jerusalem as prophesied by John in the Book of Revelation.
The American Revolution
It was fought as much with apocalyptic rhetoric as it was with bayonets and bullets.
Prophetic belief in the U.S
William Miller's apocalyptic message endures today in the 7th Day Adventist Church; and John Darby's ideas, including the Rapture and the Tribulation, have come to dominate prophecy belief in our time.
America's Doom Industry
Examining the significance of Hal Lindsey, the Left Behind series of novels, and the reach of the apocalyptic message in the late 20th century.
Doomsday Cults
A summary of their general characteristics and an analysis of David Koresh and his apocalyptic vision.
THE APOCALYPTIC SENSIBILITY
The Resiliency of Apocalyptic Belief
What makes its visions so pervasively attractive?
The Year 2000
What is going to happen after the 2000 threshold is crossed?
Signs of The End Time
Some of the 20th century events which are read by prophecy believers as irrefutable signs that the Second Coming is imminent.
The Apocalyptic World View
How it has influenced Western thought and why it is wrong to view prophecy belief as just a characteristic of fringe groups.
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