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2014-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

TH 4320 - Endtime Prophets: Apocalyptic and Millennial Movements in America

A study of the nature, history, and role of apocalyptic and millennial movements in America. Millennial movements, drawing from the last book of the Bible, interpret history through the grid of an expected thousand-year reign of Christ on earth. This course introduces students to the roots of apocalypticism in Jewish and early Christian thought, the triumph of history over apocalypticism in the Church of the Middle Ages (with significant exceptions such as Joachim of Fiore), and examples of apocalypticism in America from the Millerites of the 19th century to the Branch Davidians of today. Special attention is given to understanding the social and psychological functions performed by millennial movements and apocalyptic speech, the hermeneutics used to interpret the Bible in these movements, and the central ideas in their endtime prophecies.

Prerequisite: TH 1000 , TH 1020 , TH 1050  or TH 2000 .