The Apocalypse and Political Discourse in an Age of COVID

  title={The Apocalypse and Political Discourse in an Age of COVID},
  author={James G. M. Crossley},
  journal={Journal for the Study of the New Testament},
  pages={93 - 111}
  • J. Crossley
  • Published 1 September 2021
  • Sociology
  • Journal for the Study of the New Testament
It was almost inevitable that something as dominant as the COVID crisis of 2020–2021 would change how the Bible has been understood in mainstream political discourses. It is also unsurprising that the language associated with apocalypticism would come to the fore. Building on recent scholarship, this article looks at some of the language about ‘the apocalypse’ and apocalypticism, including that associated with Revelation and the New Testament, and how understandings of the Bible in contemporary… 



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