There is a long history of apocalyptic fervor in the Judeo-Christian tradition. These notions often gain intensity during moments of social or political strife. However, the peace and security some theological notions offer, if misinterpreted or misapplied, may potentially help precipitate crises and conflicts that upset the stability of civilized society. This paper will explore a case from ancient Israel where the misinterpretation of an ancient theological notional may have contributed to the fall of Jerusalem. Then this paper will consider the role that modern Biblical (mis)readings and (mis)interpretations have upon Judeo–Christian apocalyptic thought as a contributor to social unrest and conflicts in volatile regions of the world, particularly in the Middle East.
We live in era of great diversity of cultures, ideas, religions, and viewpoints. Thoughtfully understanding one another is necessary for the flourishing of humanity and human cultures. Article published in Comparative Civilizations Review. “Ancient Israelite Zion Theology, Judeo-Christian Apocalypticism, and Biblical (Mis)interpretation: Potential Implications for the Stability of the Modern Middle East.”