The Antecedents of Antichrist: A Traditio-Historical Study of the Earliest Christian Views on Eschatological Opponents
BRILL, 1996 - 380 pagina's
The present volume discusses the earliest Christian views on eschatological opponents and their backgrounds in contemporary Judaism. It treats the rich variety of early Christian speculations on the subject and shows that, within this variety, a continuity with Jewish speculations is to be discerned.
Part One of this book treats the early Christian passages of the period up to Irenaeus that contain speculations on the coming of an eschatological opponent. Part Two offers a survey of Jewish expectations that formed the basis for the Christian speculations discussed. After the General Conclusion the book finishes with an extensive Bibliography and an Index.
The book is of interest for any student of early Christian eschatology and the continuity between early Christianity and contemporary Judaism.
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LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
Matthew 2425 and Luke 21
1 AND 2 JOHN AND POLYCARP PHIL 71
EPISTLE OF BARNABAS 4
THE ASCENSION OF ISAIAH 4
THE BOOK OF JUBILEES
THE LITERATURE FOUND IN QUMRAN
THE ASSUMPTION OF MOSES
THE BOOK OF FOURTHEZRA
THE SYRIAC APOCALYPSE OF BARUCH
THE SIBYLLINE ORACLES
CONCLUSION TO PARTTWO
angels Antichrist Myth Antiochus Apoc Apocalypse of Peter appearance argued Ascension of Isaiah Assumption of Moses author of Revelation Barnabas Baruch Beliar book of Daniel Book of Revelation Bousset century A.D. chaos chapter characterised Christian eschatology climax of evil coming contains deceiver defeat depicted described Didache 16 discussion Dragon early Christian earth element Enoch Epistles eschatological opponent eschatological opposition eschatological tyrant expectation Ezra fact false messiah false prophets God’s ultimate intervention Gog and Magog heaven identified interpretation Irenaeus Israel Jerusalem Jesus Christ Jewish John Jubilees judgement king Kittim Leiden Lord Luke Mark 13 Matt Matthew means mentioned Nero opponent of Jesus parallels parousia of Christ passage period predicted present study probably prophecy Qumran readers reference reign Revelation 12 Roman Satan Sibylline Oracles spirits temple Testament Thess Thessalonians tion tradition ungodly verse vision words writing