The End of the World in Medieval Thought and Spirituality

  • Eric Knibbs
  • Jessica A. Boon
  • Erica Gelser

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Jessica A. Boon, Eric Knibbs
    Pages 1-14
  3. Gendering the Apocalypse

  4. Apocalyptic Theology and Exegesis

  5. The Eschaton in Political, Liturgical, and Literary Contexts

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 339-380

About this book


This essay collection studies the Apocalypse and the end of the world, as these themes occupied the minds of biblical scholars, theologians, and ordinary people in Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and Early Modernity. It opens with an innovative series of studies on “Gendering the Apocalypse,” devoted to the texts and contexts of the apocalyptic through the lens of gender. A second section of essays studies the more traditional problem of “Apocalyptic Theory and Exegesis,” with a focus on authors such as Augustine of Hippo and Joachim of Fiore. A final series of essays extends the thematic scope to “The Eschaton in Political, Liturgical, and Literary Contexts.” In these essays, scholars of history, theology, and literature create a dialogue that considers how fear of the end of the world, among the most pervasive emotions in human experience, underlies a great part of Western cultural production.


Medieval Apocalypse Religion Exegesis Bible

Editors and affiliations

  • Eric Knibbs
    • 1
  • Jessica A. Boon
    • 2
  • Erica Gelser
    • 3
  1. 1.Monumenta Germaniae HistoricaMunichGermany
  2. 2.University of North Carolina—Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  3. 3.WellesleyUSA

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