Discourse of doubt: the testing of apocalyptic figures in Jewish and Christian traditions of Late Antiquity

  title={Discourse of doubt: the testing of apocalyptic figures in Jewish and Christian traditions of Late Antiquity},
  author={H. Spurling},
  journal={Jewish Culture and History},
  pages={109 - 126}
  • H. Spurling
  • Published 2015
  • History
  • Jewish Culture and History
This paper will examine Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature of the seventh–eighth centuries to discuss a shared ‘discourse of doubt’ that cuts across different religious traditions. This discourse is manifested in the doubts of different sections of society regarding the end of time and their place in the future world, and the associated requirement that major apocalyptic figures undergo tests to prove their identity, most commonly through performing the miracle of resurrection. This… Expand
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