It’s the End of the World as We Know It: Apocalypticism in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Date and Time: Saturday, March 29, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 688 Sherbrooke Street West
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In this seminar we will consider the origins of Apocalypticism in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We will begin with Apocalypticism in the Hebrew Bible and its relation to prophecy, its first climax in the Book of Daniel and the Maccabean Revolt, and their common resistance against the Syrian oppression. We will look at Apocalypticism during the Greco-Roman era, how it dominated the sectarian movement associated with the Dead Sea Scrolls and influenced the Bar Kochba Revolt, until Rabbinic Judaism began to transform its more radical elements. Following, we will have a closer look at Apocalypticism in the New Testament and the Early Church; its influence on John the Baptist, Jesus of Nazareth, and the Apostle Paul; and the role of the Revelation of John in the Roman Empire. Finally, we will have a brief look at some Judeo-Christian apocalyptic traditions that found their way into Late Antiquity, especially in the Qur’an.
Gerbern S. Oegema studied Biblical Studies, Jewish Studies, and New Testament and Early Judaism from 1977 to 1989 at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Freie Universität Berlin, and the Universität Tübingen. From 1986 to 2001 he taught at universities in Amsterdam, Berlin, Münster, and Tübingen. In 2002 he came to McGill University and joined the Faculty of Religious Studies, where he is a professor of Biblical Studies. In 2003 and 2004 he was scholar in residence at the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton, and from 2003 to 2007 he was the founder and first director of the McGill Centre for Research on Religion (CREOR). He is an honorary faculty member of the Presbyterian College in Montreal, has served on many committees, and was the chair of its Graduate Committee for several years. His research focuses on Second Temple Judaism, Apocalypticism, the Pseudepigrapha, and Christian origins.
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