Reunion 2019 Schedule

Jun 21

Alumni College - Crusades, Apocalyptic Prophecy and the End of History

Nebuchadnezzar's Dream: The Crusades, Apocalyptic Prophecy, and the End of History, presented by Jay Rubenstein ’89

Friday, June 21st, 2019
8:30 – 9:30 am / Weitz Center for Creativity cinema

Presented by Jay Rubenstein ’89, the Alvin and Sally Beaman Professor of History at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

As legend has it, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was troubled by the dream of a statue made of four metals and feet of clay, and the Israelite prophet Daniel claimed that his dream foretold the rise and fall of empires and the eventual end of all history. Later voices, however, applied that claim to their own era, particularly in the aftermath of the First Crusade (1096-1099). The conquest of Jerusalem and the possibility of a new Christian empire unleashed a torrent of historical speculation and an apocalyptic vision of a world divided between East and West, Christianity and Islam, that still haunts our own dreams today.

 

 

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