The papers in this volume were presented at a conference on "Apocalypse and Violence" at Yale Divinity School on May 5, 2002. The conference was sponsored by the Council on Middle East Studies at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies and the Yale Divinity School. The organizing committee included Harold Attridge, in addition to the editors. Professors Lamin Sanneh and Adela Yarbro Collins of Yale Divinity School and Professor Steven Fraade of the Department of Religious Studies participated in a panel discussion at the conclusion of the conference.
We would like to express our thanks to the Council on Middle East Studies and Yale Divinity School for their support in sponsoring the conference, and to the Yale Center for International and Area Studies for publishing the volume.