The Coming Deliverer
Millennial Themes in World Religions
For over two thousand years, groups have arisen who have expected a deliverer to come and rescue them from a corrupt and chaotic world, and usher in a time of peace and stability. Groups of Jews, Christians, Muslims, and to a lesser extent Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, as well as people practising indigenous tribal religions have taken up this theme. With the approach of the year 2000, millennial fever is on the increase. People are excited, and sometimes afraid of change. Expectations that the dawn of the third millennium will be a time of social and spiritual upheaval, of natural disasters and even of the end of the world, are rife in many quarters. The contributors to this book explore the theme of the Coming Deliverer in different religious traditions, using insights drawn from religious studies, theology and anthropology. The authors of The Coming Deliverer brings together in one volume a wealth of scholarship and explore in clear, accessible language this fascinating, timely and ubiquitous theme.
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Equilibrium and the end of time – the roots of millenarianism; deliverence and human destiny in Zoroastrianism; Maitreya, the Buddhist messiah; the coming deliverer – a Sikh perspective; messianic hope in second temple Judaism; eschatological hope in the early Christian community – New Testament perspectives; beware the trumpet of judgement – John Nelson Darby and the 19th-century Brethren; take one, it’s free! – the story behind the Worldwide Church of God and “The Plain Truth” magazine; the lord of the second advent – the deliverer is here!; old ideas in new forms – millennian movements in the Republic of Turkey; when prophecy fails – messianism amongst Lubavitcher Hasids.