By Kevin L. Hughes
The determine of Antichrist has gripped the Christian mind's eye for 2 thousand years. yet Antichrist doesn't spring absolutely from the pages of Scripture. relatively, he emerges over a millennium of mirrored image on tricks and clues scattered all through Scripture and Christian culture. specifically, clone of Antichrist is tied in an essential method to the guy medieval Christians knew easily as 'the Apostle'―St. Paul.
Constructing Antichrist engages readers with the query: what does Paul need to do with the Antichrist? Integrating new scholarship in apocalypticism and the historical past of exegesis, this publication is the 1st longitudinal learn of the function of Paul in apocalyptic notion. Readers will achieve new appreciation for the theological weight of medieval exegesis mostly and for the patience of apocalypticism within the medieval Christian mind's eye because it dared to check the Adversary.
The writer argues that the western doctrines of Antichrist and the final Days are entwined with the advance of medieval New testomony exegesis. the second one Letter to the Thessalonians―a short and much-debated apocalyptic textual content within the New Testament―is an important locus for doctrinal hypothesis approximately Antichrist and the arrival finish. the writer rigorously examines commentaries on 2 Thessalonians from the fourth to the 12th centuries and unearths that they supply the 'architecture' for the constructing doctrine of Antichrist because it is portrayed in later medieval paintings and literature. through the 12th century, this custom of mirrored image distills from some of the early interpretations a vintage, man made knowing of Antichrist and the tip that kinds an authoritative consensus for centuries.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kevin L. Hughes is Assistant Professor within the division of Theology and spiritual stories at Villanova college. the writer of various books and articles, his latest guides contain Church heritage: religion passed On and a translation of Second Thessalonians: Early Medieval Apocalyptic Commentaries.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:
"The moment Letter to the Thessalonians was once the most important within the building of the determine of the Antichrist. whereas students have famous its value, its interpretation hasn't ever got such an excessive, systematic, and thorough remedy. . . . This e-book will quickly turn into and is probably going lengthy to stay the authoritative remedy on its subject in any language."―Kevin Madigan, Harvard Divinity School
"Kevin L. Hughes's Constructing Antichrist makes an important contribution to our knowing of the expansion and improvement of the belief of Antichrist from past due Antiquity to the excessive center Ages....[T]his e-book includes a wealth of data at the early medieval exegetical traditions of Antichrist....Anyone attracted to early medieval exegesis quite often, and the subject of Antichrist specifically, will research very much from it." ― Lawrence Besserman, TMR
"[A] readable . . . historical past of the exegesis and theological mirrored image at the 2 Thessalonians' formula of the determine of the Antichrist from Paul in the course of the Western advancements into the 11th century." ― Jeffrey Gros, Religious reports Review"
"In six in actual fact written chapters the writer leads the reader on a desirable research of the apocalyptic mind's eye about the Antichrist starting with St. Paul himself, carrying on with throughout the early center a long time. . . . [A] extremely important booklet . . . . this can be a ebook for each theology library. it may be used with nice revenue in top department undergraduate classes in either the background of theology in addition to the background of exegesis." ― Michael W. Blastic, Horizons
"Constructing Antichrist comprehensively examines early medieval exegesis of moment Thessalonians, particularly its moment bankruptcy, during which references to "the Son of