The biblical world-view looks forward to a final, decisive, in-breaking of God into history. Apocalyptic literature expresses such a viewpoint in a distinctive genre which is usually visionary and often involves angelic intermediaries. This literature has a tendency towards dualism (placing another enemy power - the devil - alongside God) this is seen particularly in examples from Jewish and Christian tradition outside the biblical canon.
The definition of what characteristics exactly make writing "apocalyptic" is much debated, however "Revelation" is a fairly clear example in the Bible and Daniel is often cited too (as well as chapters from other books of both Hebrew and Greek Bibles).
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