Main PageWhat's New?Specials • Title Index: A-JK-ZView Cart
ArchaeologyBiblical StudiesBiblical PersonalitiesDead Sea ScrollsHistoryBible Software
FeedbackShipping InformationOrder FormCenturyOne Foundation
CenturyOne Bookstore Banner
Hans Schwarz

0802847331 Retail Price: $36.00
CenturyOne Price: $28.80
You Save: $7.20 (20%)

Availability: Usually ships within 24 hours.

Format: Paperback, 446pp.
ISBN: 0802847331
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pub. Date: February 2001

Book Information:
Reader's Index
About the Author
Table of Contents
Customer Reviews
Find Similar Books

Average Customer Review:
Order This Book!

view cart

Item No: 4733-1

Safe Shopping Guarantee


From The Publisher:

A complete introduction to the Christian view of the future.

What does the Bible say about the future, about death, about human destiny and heaven and hell? This volume presents a clear and comprehensive introduction to the Christian hope for the future that is particularly relevant to today’s world.

Hans Schwarz guides readers through the range of opinions on this fascinating subject, showing how our understanding of eschatology has developed and laying out the factors that must be considered when speaking meaningfully about the Christian hope here in the twenty-first century. He surveys the teachings about the future in both the Old and New Testaments, discusses the views of Christian and secular thinkers throughout history—including the challenges posed by science, philosophy, and New Age beliefs—and explores the major themes of eschatology, including death, immortality, and resurrection.


This insightful volume joins Hans Schwarz’s many other surveys of classical theological loci. Here Schwarz offers a study of eschatology that is thorough and rich, knowledgeable of the contemporary scene without capitulating to it, and sensitive to the subtleties of every issue he presents…. This book is a welcome addition as a text for seminary students, graduate students, and parish pastors.
Currents in Theology & Mission

Schwarz’s survey of the entire field of eschatology is a valuable resource that will no doubt become a standard work on the topic in seminaries.
Religious Studies Review

With the decline of the idea of progress and with growing threats to the survival of human civilization and all life on earth, Christians urgently need to retrieve the eschatological hope of the new creation. Hans Schwarz here shows how hope can adequately be grounded only in the Creator and Redeemer of all things and how ultimate hope inspires us to live hopefully now, succumbing neither to resigned pessimism nor to dangerously unrealistic utopianism. Schwarz’s dialogue with scientific and secular views of the future is an especially valuable aspect of his comprehensive treatment of eschatology.
—Richard Bauckham

In this bread-and-butter survey of the entire field of eschatology, Hans Schwarz makes a solid case for "proleptic anticipation" as the most convincing perspective. He constructs his case on a foundation of Scripture and the history of thought, and he argues his case before advocates of contending views. Everywhere illuminating!
—Ted Peters

Hans Schwarz is one of the finest evangelical theological educators in Germany today, as this outstanding volume on eschatology aptly demonstrates. The book’s comprehensiveness, readability, and intelligently shaped conviction are very impressive. Dealing with a wide range of "eschatological" perspectives in both Christian and secular thought, Schwarz eminently expounds the Christian doctrine of the last things.
—Kurt Anders Richardson


readers index
Reader's Index

Send us your favorite quotes or passages from this book.


About the Author

Hans Schwarz is Professor and chair of the Institute of Protestant Theology, University of Regensburg, Germany, and visiting professor of theology at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Who Still Cares about the Future?

Biblical Eschatology contra the Obsession with the Present
Idea of Progress Is Grounded in Christian Eschatology
Estrangement between Eschatology and Progress
For the Sake of Sanity: Recovery of an Eschatological Outlook


Expecting Life Beyond as a Primal Human Phenomenon
The Scope and Shape of Eschatology

Chapter 1: The Old Testament View of Eschatology

  1. Developing an Eschatological Consciousness
  2. The Human Destiny
  3. a. Emphasis on the This-Worldly Aspect of Life
    b. Translation and Resurrection
  4. The Last Judgment
  5. a. Responding to a Holy and Gracious God
    b. The Day of the Lord
    c. Universal Scope of Salvation
  6. The Coming of a Messiah
  7. a. The Significance of the Term "Messiah"
    b. Main Sources for the Concept of a Messiah
    c. Expansion of the Messianic Hopes in the Apocalyptic Period
  8. The Iranian Connection

Chapter 2: The Eschatological Proclamation of the New Testament

  1. The Jewish Context
  2. The Eschatological Figure of Jesus
  3. a. Jesus' Eschatological Message of the Kingdom of God
    b. Jesus' Self-Understanding
    c. Jesus and the Question of the Future
  4. The Eschatological Proclamation of the Gospel Writers
  5. a. The Interim in the View of the Synoptics
    b. The Emphasis on the Present in the Gospel of John
  6. The Eschatological Message of Paul
  7. a. Paul's Eschatological Call
    b. Our Life as a Life between the Aeons
    c. Eschatology beyond Spiritualism and Disappointment
  8. The Eschatological Scope of the Early Church


Chapter 3: Present Discussion of Christian Eschatology

  1. The Rediscovery of the Eschatological Perspective
  2. a. The Kingdom of God as an Eschatological Concept
    b. The Consistent or Consequent Eschatology
    c. A Noneschatological Jesus
  3. Present-Oriented Approach to Eschatology
  4. a. Existential and Ethical Approaches
    b. Transcendentalistic Approaches
  5. The Future-Directedness of Eschatology
  6. a. Exegetical Considerations
    Eschatology as Fulfillment and Promise
    Delay of the Parousia
    b. Systematic Proposals
    Prolepsis of Eschatology
    Theology of Hope
  7. The Liberating Power of Eschatology
  8. a. Eschatology from the Underside
    Problematic and Legitimation of Liberation Theology
    Eschatology in the Context of Liberation
    b. Feminist Perspectives
  9. Christian Eschatology in a Universal Context
  10. a. Process Theology
    b. Eschatology among the World's Religions

Chapter 4: Confronting Secular Varieties of Hope

  1. The Impact of Science
  2. a. The Option of Scientific Materialism
    b. The Evolutionary Perspective
    c. Facing a Possible Ecological Holocaust
    World Come of Age or an Aging World?
    Greenhouse Effect
    The Eschatological Context of Ecology
    Future-Directedness of Eschatology
  3. The Impact of Philosophy
  4. a. The Option of Secular Existentialism
    Life Bounded by Death
    Humanity Thrown upon Itself
    b. Utopia from the Left
    A New World through Revolution
    Concrete Utopia
    The Right to Be Lazy
  5. The Impact of Religiosity
  6. a. A Homespun Eschatology
    b. Ambivalence of Secular Humanism

    Faith in Human Reason (Humanist Manifesto I and II)
    A Modest Assessment of the Future


Chapter 5: Approaching the New World

  1. Death
  2. a. The Ambiguity of Death
    b. Death as the Gate to the Eschaton
  3. Immortality—Yes or No?
  4. a. Immortality and Occultism
    b. Immortality and Near-Death Experiences
    c. Immortality and Greek Philosophy
    d. Immortality and Christian Faith
  5. Resurrection
  6. a. Decisive Character of Christ's Resurrection
    b. Creative Newness of Christ's Resurrection
    c. Christ's Resurrection and Our Resurrection
    d. Resurrection of the Body
    e. "Between" Death and Resurrection

    Time as a This-Wordly Entity
    The Eternity of God as Fulfillment of Time
    Death as Finality and Transition

Excursus: Reincarnation and Transmigration of the Soul

Chapter 6: Controversial Areas of Eschatological Hopes

  1. Setting a Date for the End
  2. a. A Fertile Tradition
    b. Bringing About the End by Force
  3. Hope for the Millennium
  4. a. Origin and Growth of an Idea
    b. Joachim of Fiore and the Rise of Millennialism
    c. Keeping the Fervor

    Historic Premillennialism
    Dispensational Premillennialism
  5. Universal Salvation (Apokatastasis Panton)
  6. a. Origen and the Origins of the Apokatastasis Idea
    b. The Apokatastasis Idea in More Recent Theological Reflection
    c. Apokatastasis or "Christ's Descent into Hell"?
  7. Purgatory
  8. a. A Narrow Biblical Basis
    b. The Human Component to Salvation

Chapter 7: The New World to Come

Beyond Resignation and Futurist Activism
  1. Proleptic Anticipation of the New World
  2. a. The Church as Reminder of God's Future
    The Symbol of the Future
    The Whole People of God
    The Anticipation of the Heavenly City
    b. The Signs of the End
    Anticipating the End
    The Birth Pangs of the New World
    The Antichrist
  3. Entry to the New World
  4. a. Consummation of the World
    b. Final Judgment
    c. Paradox between Justice and Love of God
  5. Disclosure of the New World
  6. a. Disclosure of the Kingdom of God
    b. Heaven and Hell
    c. Completion

Index of Names
Index of Subjects
Index of Scripture References

Customer Reviews

Write your own online review.

Look for Similar Books by Subject

Eschatology, Messianism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Biblical Studies

return to topCenturyOne Bookstore

The First Century's Biggest Bookstore

Copyright ©1996-2006 CenturyOne Bookstore. All Rights Reserved.
All prices subject to change and given in U.S. dollars.

Your purchase from will assist the CenturyOne Foundation in providing funding for various archaeological and research projects which seek to provide more information about the period of the First Century C.E., the origins of Christianity and the world of the Bible in general.

All materials contained in are protected by copyright and trademark laws and may not be used for any purpose whatsoever other than private, non-commercial viewing purposes. Derivative works and other unauthorized copying or use of stills, video footage, text or graphics is expressly prohibited.