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The Use Of Biblical Quotations In Christian Apocalyptic Writings Of The Umayyad Period

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In the early period of Muslim rule new Christian apocalyptic writings appeared which placed the recent history of the Arabic conquest within a larger scheme of history. Biblical quotations, mainly from the Old Testament, are used in the apocalyptic writings in order to compare biblical figures and events with current persons and events. This chapter analyses the use of biblical quotations in apocalyptic and related writings of the Umayyad period. The authors find many references to and quotations from the Bible in the account of history before the time of the Arab invasion. The chapter provides quotations and clear references to the Bible in the parts of the apocalyptic texts that relate to the invasion and rule of the Arabs. However, where texts refer to apocalyptic allusions from the Old Testament as archetypes of the events they directly recount, these are included.

Keywords: apocalyptic allusions; Arab invasion; Biblical quotations; Christian apocalyptic writings; Muslim rule; Umayyad period



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