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The purpose of the book has been to demonstrate, through the examination of a series of interrelated texts and literary testimonia, that the phenomenon of "realized eschatology" within early Christianity had its primary origin and setting within the cultic worship and life of the various individuals and groups which produced the extant evidence. One difficulty which one has encountered from time to time during the course of this study has been the problem of more precisely defining the "cultic setting" presupposed by the literary evidence. Unfortunately for the modern historian of early Christianity, as for the historian of the ancient Israelite religion, literary evidence usually presupposes rather than explicitly states the settings in the worship and life of the people from which the literature ultimately arose.

Keywords: ancient Israelite religion; early Christianity; realized eschatology

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