The Apocalypse is originally the name of one of the Bible books: the Revelation of St. John, the last book of the New Testament. The book describes the ultimate victory of good over evil, the Last Judgment.
It is commonly used in reference to any prophetic revelation or so-called End Time scenario or to the end of the world in general.
Although it has its origins in the Christian religion, the theme is used as well in other religions, like Judaism or Islam. Famous is the description of the end of the world in the Mayan calendar (21-12-2012). Also in secular literature the word Apocalypse is a known item. Just think of the prophecies of Nostradamus (16th century). Anyway, not all prophecies are being fulfilled.
Jesuits collection and the Apocalypse
The Jesuit collection of the Maastricht University Library has many titles of this kind. They could be arranged under the collective term ‘Apocalyptic literature’.
Through centuries the Jesuits have collected these items, in a systematic way or, for example, through gifts. The theological background of their education was an important and leading principle in building library collections.
A very small part of our collection is now to be seen in the show cases in the Inner city and the Randwyck location. Hundreds of books of this kind can still be found in the Jesuit collection. Quite interesting as subject and primary source for education and research.