This book contains the three Schweich Lectures from 1913. Burkitt believes the fundamental idea that underlines the great series of Jewish Apocalypses to be the idea of the "imminent judgment to come." He attempts to exhibit this idea in connection with the historical setting and the ultimate cause of its manifestation. Burkitt holds that what gives rise to the Apocalypses' vitality is the great struggle between religion and civilization.
F. Crawford Burkitt
F. Crawford Burkitt (1864-1935) was Norrisian Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge from 1905-35. His other publications include 'Evangelion da-Mepharreshe' (1904), 'The Gospel History and Its Transmission' (1906), and 'Earliest Sources for the Life of Jesus' (1910). He was elected to the British Academy Fellowship in 1905.