The Antichrist Legend; A Chapter In Christian And Jewish Folklore, Englished From The German Of W…

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byWilhelm Bousset

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...esoteric tradition which we had assumed for all this eschatological legendary matter. Gunkel (224) conjectures that in the " he who now letteth" of Paul is contained an earlier mythological tradition. That by these words Paul himself understood the Roman empire from the parallel passages handed down to his time I have no doubt. But what may have been originally understood by the expression is comparatively speaking irrelevant so far as regards the exegesis of the New Testament. The Book of Eevelation itself was unable to give another direction to this tradition. In the second century the earlier figure of the Antichrist might seem to have been once for all banished by the ghost-like image of the Nero redivivus, as current, for instance, in the Sibylline literature. But that the lingering influence of the Johannine Apocalypse and of the Neronic legend should have so rapidly died out was also essentially due to the fact that the old hallowed tradition in its turn soon obliterated the later political application of the Antichrist legend. Henceforth the figure of the Nero redivivus still persists at most as a secondary form in apocalyptic imagery, or else, as in Victorinus, it becomes identified with the earlier embodiment of the Antichrist originating in preRoman times. a notion had already been developed in the first half of the fourth century. It was precisely in this form, in which it was not directed against Rome, that the Antichrist legend exercised a most powerful political influence. For what could have been of more far-reaching consequence than the idea, everywhere current in the early Christian communities, that after all the Roman empire did not represent the Antichrist rule--that, on the contrary, the time of the Antichrist would...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...esoteric tradition which we had assumed for all this eschatological legendary matter. Gunkel (224) conjectures ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217999751

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