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Book review: Cosmos, Chaos and the World to Come, by Norman Cohn

Norman Cohn is the author of an important study of millennarianism in the West (The Pursuit of the Millennium). Now he has traced the origin of these ideas much further back, to Zoroastrianism between 1500 and 1200 BC. He shows, to my mind convincingly, that important aspects of Christianity can be explained as deriving from Zoroastrianism. This is thus an important book.

Cohn is not the first to point out the relevance of Zoroastrianism for Christianity but this is probably the best presentation of the evidence. My review is available here. Cohn's book could be thought of as complementary to Bart D. Ehrman's Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium.

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