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Constructing Antichrist

Paul, Biblical Commentary, and the Development of Doctrine in the Early Middle Ages

Kevin L. Hughes

Publication Year: 2012

Constructing Antichrist engages readers with the question: what does Paul have to do with the Antichrist? Integrating new scholarship in apocalypticism and the history of exegesis, this book is the first longitudinal study of the role of Paul in apocalyptic thought

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press


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pp. x-xi

The Vulgate Text of 2 Thessalonians

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pp. xii-xxiv

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1. Introduction: Constructing Antichrist

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pp. 1-27

History makes strange bedfellows. This book suggests that two figures—one historical and one mythical, one who stands at the beginning of Christianity and the other who stands at its imagined...

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2. The Man of Sin: Apocalyptic Realism in the Early Church, 200–400

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pp. 28-81

The early medieval tradition of commentary upon 2 Thessalonians found its authoritative sources in the late patristic period, when a number of Christian intellectuals took up the method of commentary...

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3. Members of the Enemy Body: The Spiritual Exegesis of 2 Thessalonians

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pp. 82-114

In the last chapter, I provided a sketch of the variety of patristic commentary on 2 Thessalonians from the Roman exegesis of Ambrosiaster and Pelagius to Theodore’s Antiochene interpretation...

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4. Antichrist and His Body, 500–1000

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pp. 115-177

A late-seventh-century crypt in Poitiers bears a dire inscription that portends the End: “Alpha and Omega. The Beginning and the End. Every day, everything becomes worse and worse, for the end...

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5. Seeing the Adversary Afresh: Paul and Antichrist in Early Scholastic Exegesis, 1000–1160

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pp. 178-238

The year 1000 came and went without the apocalyptic denouement. And yet the years after 1000 saw the release of tremendous energy expressed in various social movements such as the Peace of God, the Truce of God...

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6. Conclusion

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pp. 239-250

It should be no surprise to any student of early medieval literature, and especially of early medieval exegesis, that the fruit of medieval thinking was a synthesis of earlier patristic authorities. What I have studied...


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pp. 251-270


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pp. 271-280

E-ISBN-13: 9780813216133
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813214153

Page Count: 303
Publication Year: 2012