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Cosmos, Chaos, and the World to Come

N Cohn

Cosmos, Chaos, and the World to Come

N Cohn

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This is a study of the origins of the idea of the world to come. Cohn takes the reader back 2000 years to look at the beliefs of ancient religions and civilizations and their view of the future of man. The millennarian view that the world is moving towards an ideal and perfect future is fundamental to most societies today, but it has not always been so. Cohn shows how the Egyptians, Sumerians, Babylonians, Indo-Iranians and pre-exilic Israelites, among others, believed in a static world in which a divinely pre-ordained order existed, despite the threats of evil, destructive forces like drought, famine or plague.;Around 1500 BC, Zoroaster broke with this secure but anxious world-view, arguing that man was moving, through incessant conflict, towards an absolute, safe and divinely-appointed order. That view has dominated religious vision every since, as well as idealist ideologies such as Marxism-Leninism, and remains fundamental to man's philosophy. Cohn's book is therefore an investigation into probably the greatest turning-point in the history of human consciousness.

- Publisher The author of the classic work The Pursuit of the Millennium takes readers on a journey of exploration, through the world-views of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and India, through the innovations of Iranian and Jewish prophets and sages, to the earliest Christian imaginings of heaven and earth, to illuminate a major turning point in the history of human consciousness: when the forces of good would finally be victorious over the forces of evil.

- Publisher

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About "Cosmos, Chaos, and the World to Come"

This is a study of the origins of the idea of the world to come. Cohn takes the reader back 2000 years to look at the beliefs of ancient religions and civilizations and their view of the future of man. The millennarian view that the world is moving towards an ideal and perfect future is fundamental to most societies today, but it has not always been so. Cohn shows how the Egyptians, Sumerians, Babylonians, Indo-Iranians and pre-exilic Israelites, among others, believed in a static world in which a divinely pre-ordained order existed, despite the threats of evil, destructive forces like drought, famine or plague.;Around 1500 BC, Zoroaster broke with this secure but anxious world-view, arguing that man was moving, through incessant conflict, towards an absolute, safe and divinely-appointed order. That view has dominated religious vision every since, as well as idealist ideologies such as Marxism-Leninism, and remains fundamental to man's philosophy. Cohn's book is therefore an investigation into probably the greatest turning-point in the history of human consciousness.
- Publisher

The author of the classic work The Pursuit of the Millennium takes readers on a journey of exploration, through the world-views of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and India, through the innovations of Iranian and Jewish prophets and sages, to the earliest Christian imaginings of heaven and earth, to illuminate a major turning point in the history of human consciousness: when the forces of good would finally be victorious over the forces of evil.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

N Cohn

Norman Cohn held the Astor-Wolfson Chair at the University of Sussex until his retirement in 1980. He is the author of Warrant for Genocide, for which he received the Anisfield Wolf Award in Race Relations.ý

Table Of Contents

  • Part 1 The Ancient Near East And Beyond: Egyptians
  • Mesopotamians
  • Vedic Indians
  • Zoroastrians
  • From Combat Myth To Eschatological Faith. Part 2 Syro-palestinian Crusade:
  • Ugarit
  • Yahwism I
  • Yahwism Ii
  • Early Jewish Apocalypses I
  • Early Jewish Apocalypses Ii
  • Early Christian Expectations I
  • Early Christian Expectations Ii
  • Jews, Zoroastrians And Christian Notes.

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  • Catalogue Code 67085
  • Product Code 0300055986
  • EAN 9780300055986
  • Pages 282
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Yale University Press
  • Publication Date Dec 1993
  • Dimensions 248 x 154 x 28 mm
  • Weight 0.700kg

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