Society of Biblical Literature

The End of the World: A Theological Interpretation

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Kortner, U. H. J. (1995). The End of the World: A Theological Interpretation. Translated by Douglas W. Stott. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press.

In this work Kortner offers an existential-psychological interpretation of the apocalyptic idea of the end of the world. He posits that apocalyptic is best understood as a pastoral response to the anxiety induced by a dead-end experience of life that is voiced in these texts. Using psychological, philosophical, and existential concepts Kortner weaves a fascinating portrait of a mind gripped by the reality of the end of the world. Beyond its value as a psychological interpretation of apocalyptic this work also contains valuable translations of German research relevant to the field of psychological biblical criticism, but that has not yet been translated into English, including the work of Eugen Drewermann in this area. (Paul Fisher)

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