Four categories of apocalyptic works

  1. Old Testament apocalyptic and pre-apocalyptic works
    • The book of Daniel
    • The book of Ezekiel
    • Isaiah 25-27, 40-55 prefgure apocalyptic writing
    • Zechariah 9-14
  2. Extrabiblical Jewish apocalypses
    • 1 Enoch is a collection of five apocalypses
    • 2 Enoch
    • 2 Baruch
    • 3 Baruch
    • 4 Ezra
    • The Apocalypse of Abraham
    • Jubilees, chapter 23
    • The Testament of Abraham
    • The Testament of Levi, chapters 2-5
    • The Apocalypse of Zephaniah
  3. New Testament apocalypses
    • The eschatological discourse of Jesus (Matthew 24)
    • The book of Revelation
  4. Christian apocalypses
    • The Shepherd of Hermas
    • The Apocalypse of Peter
    • The Apocalypse of Paul
    • The Testament of Isaac
    • The Testament of Jacob
    • The Apocalypse of the Virgin Mary

    Sources: G. R. Beasley-Murray, “Revelation, book of”, in Dictionary of Later New Testament Developments. (Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997); Mark Wilson, Charts on the Book of Revelation: Literary, Historical and Theological Perspectives. (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007), 19. See the later for a few more examples, and dates for the extrabiblical items on the list.

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