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An apocalypse is a revelation of heavenly mysteries and/or the eschatological future, typically involving the judgment of the dead. The genre developed in Judaism in the second century B.C.E., but there may have been earlier Persian antecedents. It was adopted by Christians, notably in the book of Revelation, and flourished down to the Middle Ages. ⸙

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