Category: Apocalypticism

Script for Amateur Exegesis – Season 2, Episode 9: “The Lord’s Day, A Thief’s Night”

Script for Amateur Exegesis – Season 2, Episode 9: “The Lord’s Day, A Thief’s Night”

Script for Amateur Exegesis – Season 2, Episode 7: “The End of the Proem”

Script for Amateur Exegesis – Season 2, Episode 7 – “The End of the Proem”

Critical Dictionary of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements

A free online resource on apocalypticism and related subjects.

Martinus C. de Boer: Why Is God’s Intervention Needed in Jewish and Pauline Apocalyptic Eschatology?

From Martinus C. de Boer, Paul: Theologian of God’s Apocalypse: Essays on Paul and Apocalyptic (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2020), 208-209.

Paula Fredriksen: Paul’s Ninth Symphony and His “Ode to Joy”

Paula Fredriksen, Paul: The Pagans’ Apostle (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2017), 160-161. If the letter to the Romans is Paul’s Ninth Symphony, Romans 11.11 begins its fourth movement, Paul’s own “Ode to Joy.” Alle Menschen werden Brüder, and the apostle, divining God’s… Continue Reading “Paula Fredriksen: Paul’s Ninth Symphony and His “Ode to Joy””

Martinus C. de Boer: Angels and Demons

Martinus C. de Boer, Paul, Theologian of God’s Apocalypse: Essays on Paul and Apocalyptic (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2020), 22. The story of [the] angelic fall is found or alluded to in much of the literature (1 En. 6-19; 64:1-2; 69:4-5; 86:1-6; 106:13-17; Jub. 4:15, 22;… Continue Reading “Martinus C. de Boer: Angels and Demons”

Two Reviews of Paula Fredriksen’s ‘When Christians Were Jews’

Earlier this year I read with great delight Paula Fredriksen’s When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation (Yale University Press, 2018). Without going into great detail, Fredriksen’s work attempts to situate the early Jesus movement in its original Jewish context, specifically as an apocalyptic sect within… Continue Reading “Two Reviews of Paula Fredriksen’s ‘When Christians Were Jews’”

Bart Ehrman: De-‘Apocalypticizing’ Jesus

Bart D. Ehrman, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020), 192-193. As it turns out, it is possible to trace a trajectory in our surviving Gospels away from the deeply apocalyptic teachings of Jesus in Mark and Matthew, to… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: De-‘Apocalypticizing’ Jesus”

Martinus C. de Boer: Paul, Jesus, and “Apocalyptic Drama”

Martinus C. de Boer, Paul, Theologian of God’s Apocalypse: Essays on Paul and Apocalyptic (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2020), 2-3. Paul’s understanding of Christ and his saving work is permeated from beginning to end (from Christ’s resurrection to his Parousia) by the categories and… Continue Reading “Martinus C. de Boer: Paul, Jesus, and “Apocalyptic Drama””

Bart Ehrman: Apocalypticism and Human Suffering

Bart D. Ehrman, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020), 106-107. It [i.e. suffering] would make sense if there were no God. Or if there were many gods, some of whom were nasty. But how can it… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Apocalypticism and Human Suffering”