noun (plural -gies) Etymology: Greek eschatos last, farthest Date: 1844 1. a branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of the world or of mankind 2. a belief concerning death, the end of the world, or the ultimate destiny of mankind; specifically any of various Christian doctrines concerning the Second Coming, the resurrection of the dead, or the Last Judgment

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  • Eschatology — • A survey of the subject in various pre Christian religions and cultures, an examination of the development of eschatology in the Old Testament, brief overview of Christian teaching Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Eschatology      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • eschatology —    Eschatology is the part of theology that deals with last things, including the future destiny of humankind both individually and collectively. On the individual level, it treats life after death, heaven and hell. On the collective level, it… …   Encyclopedia of Protestantism

  • Eschatology — Es cha*tol o*gy, n. [Gr. ? the furthest, last + logy.] The doctrine of the last or final things, as death, judgment, and the events therewith connected. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eschatology — 1844, from Gk. eskhatos last, furthest, uttermost, extreme, most remote (from ex out of, Boeotian es ; see EX (Cf. ex )) + OLOGY (Cf. ology). Originally in theology, the study of the four last things: death, judgment, heaven, hell. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • eschatology — ► NOUN ▪ the part of theology concerned with death, judgement, and destiny. DERIVATIVES eschatological adjective eschatologist noun. ORIGIN from Greek eskhatos last …   English terms dictionary

  • eschatology — [es΄kə täl′ə jē] n. [< Gr eschatos, furthest (< ex , out < IE base * eĝhs > L ex) + LOGY] 1. the branch of theology dealing with last things, such as death, immortality, resurrection, judgment, and the end of the world 2. the… …   English World dictionary

  • Eschatology — Last Things redirects here. For the C. P. Snow novel, see Strangers and Brothers. Part of a series on Eschatology …   Wikipedia

  • eschatology — eschatological /es keuh tl oj i keuhl, e skat l /, adj. eschatologically, adv. eschatologist, n. /es keuh tol euh jee/, n. Theol. 1. any system of doctrines concerning last, or final, matters, as death, the Judgment, the future state, etc. 2. the …   Universalium

  • ESCHATOLOGY — In general, the term eschatology designates the doctrine concerning the last things. The word last can be understood either absolutely as referring to the ultimate destiny of mankind in general or of each individual man, or relatively as… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • eschatology — ‘The doctrine of the last things’ (Greek: ta eschata) came in Christian discourse to mean: death, Judgement, heaven, and hell. But in biblical studies the word denotes the basket of ideas in both OT and NT and the inter testamental literature… …   Dictionary of the Bible

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