Traces of Universalism in Post-exilic Apocalypticism

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After the exile an apocalyptic theology which boldly underscored some of the universal features of the Old Testament message.[1] The apocalyptic vision of Daniel, for example, predicts the coming of the Son of Man whose kingdom shall put an end to the brutish kingdoms of the world and whose domain shall include all peoples[2] (Dan 7,1-29). In this apocalyptic theology the universal lines of the Old Testament history and prophecy are so clearly extended that no one can fail to see that the world of the nations mentioned already in Genesis 10 is the final goal and not the point of departure of all God’s efforts.[3]


[1] J. Verkuyl, Contemporary Missiology: An Introduction, (E. Tr. and ed. by D. Cooper), William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Michigan, (1978), 92.

[2] Cf. R. E. Brown et. al. (eds.), The New Jerome Bible Handbook, The Liturgical Press, Minnesota, (1993), 134.

[3] J. Verkuyl, Contemporary Missiology: An Introduction, (E. Tr. and ed. by D. Cooper), William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Michigan, (1978), 92.

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