Millenarianism and Messianism in Early Modern European Culture

Millenarianism and Messianism in Early Modern European Culture : Volume II. Catholic Millenarianism: From Savonarola to the Abbe Gregoire

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Over three hundred years ago, the paramount modern Catholic exegete, Cornelius a Lapide, S.J., wrote that the 25th of March, 2000, was the most likely date for the world to end. Catholic Millenarianism does not let the day pass without comment.
Catholic Millenarianism offers an authoritative overview of Catholic apocalyptic thought combined with detailed presentations by specialists on nine major Catholic authors, such as Savonarola, Luis de Leon, and Antonio Vieira. With its companion volumes, Catholic Millenarianism illustrates a hold apocalyptic concerns had on intellectual life, particularly between 1500 and 1900, rivaling and influencing rationalism and skepticism.
Catholics do not ordinarily expect a messianic reign by earthly means. Catholic Millenarianism shows instead what is common to Catholic authors: their preoccupation with the relationship between linguistic prophecies and the events they foretell. This makes the perspectives offered as surprisingly diverse as their particular times, and the book itself interesting and worth repeated reading.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 118 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 7.37mm | 454g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2001
  • XVII, 118 p.
  • 9048156653
  • 9789048156658

Table of contents

Introduction. Forms of Catholic Millenarianism: A Brief Overview; B. McGinn. Savonarola and Cardinal Ximines: Millenarian Thinkers and Actors at the Eve of the Reformation; R.H. Popkin. The Cabalistic Messianism of Fray Luis de Leon; K. Kottman. Per Annos Mille: Cornelius a Lapide and the Interpretation of Revelation 20:2-8; J.-R. Armogathe. Paolo Sarpi and Early Stuart Debates Over the Papal Antichrist; M. Vester. A Seventeenth Century Hebrew Translation of St. Thomas; D. FitzGerald. Vieira's Epistemology of History; J.M. Neto. God's Will in History: The Abbe Gregoire, the Revolution and the Jews; R. Hermon-Belot. Comment on Manuel Lacunza (1731-1801); R.H. Popkin. Index.
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