The Armenian Apocalyptic Tradition: A Comparative Perspective comprises a collection of essays on apocalyptic literature in the Armenian tradition. This collection is unprecedented in its subject and scope and employs a comparative approach that situates the Armenian apocalyptic tradition within a broader context. The topics in this volume include the role of apocalyptic literature and apocalypticism in the conversion of the Armenians to Christianity, apocalyptic ideology and holy war, the significance of the Book of Daniel in Armenian thought, the reception of the Apocalypse of Ps.-Methodius in Armenian, the role of apocalyptic literature in political ideologies, and the expression of apocalypticism in the visual arts.
Kevork B. Bardakjian, D.Phil (1974), Oxford University, is Marie Manoogian Professor of Armenian Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His publications include A Reference Guide to Modern Armenian Literature, 1500–1920, with an introductory history (2000).
Sergio La Porta, Ph.D. (2001), Harvard University, is the Haig and Isabel Berberian Chair of Armenian Studies at California State University, Fresno. He has published several articles on Armenian cultural history, and a three-volume study of Armenian commentaries on Dionysius the Areopagite’s "Heavenly Hierarchy" (2008).
Contributors include: Z. Aleksidze, R. Bartal, G. Boccaccini, S.P. Cowe, L. DiTommaso, A. Hultgård, S. La Porta, C. Maranci, S. Merian, A. Miltenova, G. Muradyan, T. Pettipiece, P. Piovanelli, Z. Pogossian, S. Rapp, A.Y. Reed, J.-M. Rosenstiehl, J.R. Russell, S. Shoemaker, M.E. Stone, Y. Stoyanov, H. Tamrzyan, R.W. Thomson, A. Topchyan, T.M. van Lint, E. Vardanyan, and W. Witakowski
All interested in apocalypticism and apocalyptic literature, as well as those in the fields of religious studies, Armenian Studies, Byzantine Studies, and the Crusades.