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Heaven on EarthThe Varieties of the Millennial Experience$
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Richard Landes

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199753598

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753598.001.0001

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Roosters and Owls

Roosters and Owls

On the Dynamics of the Apocalyptic Curve

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Heaven on Earth
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Richard Landes

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753598.003.0002

This chapter explores the impact that of anapocalyptic belief in the imminence of the transformation from evil to perfect world, and that belief's inevitable disappointment. It traces the attitudes of both the roosters (apocalyptic prophets who crow about the new dawn) and owls (guardians of “normal time” who dismiss such warnings as foolish and dangerous). In the course of an apocalyptic moment, roles are reversed, in apocalyptictime, roosters take center stageand owls are marginalized; but after disappointment hits and the movement reenters “normal time,” the owls once again take the upper hand and write and preserve most accounts of the events.

Keywords:   Apocalyptic curve, apocalyptic time, normal time, owls, roosters, prophets, disappointment, Chicken Little, Thiota, Augustine

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