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Semeia 36: Early Christian Apocalypticism: Genre and Social Setting
Adela Yarbro Collins
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Publication Date
January 1997


An assortment of classic articles from experts in the field

This collection of essays presents the continued research on apocalypticism originally begun by members of the Apocalypse Group of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Genres Project between 1975 to 1978. Texts discussed include the Apocalypse of John, the Ascension of Isaiah, the Apocalypse of Paul, and the Shepherd of Hermas. Contributors include Adela Yarbro Collins, David Hellholm, David E. Aune, Martha Himmelfarb, Carolyn Osiek, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, and Leonard Thompson.


  • Foundational essays for students interested in early Christianity
  • Essays on genre and function
  • Essential background on the history of apocalypticism

Adela Yarbro Collins is Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School. She is the co-author of King and Messiah as Son of God: Divine, Human, and Angelic Messianic Figures in Biblical and Related Literature (Eerdmans) and author of Mark: A Commentary (Fortress).