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By Kevin L. Hughes

The determine of Antichrist has gripped the Christian mind's eye for 2 thousand years. yet Antichrist doesn't spring totally from the pages of Scripture. quite, he emerges over a millennium of mirrored image on tricks and clues scattered all through Scripture and Christian culture. specifically, similar to Antichrist is tied in a necessary technique 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 heritage of exegesis, this booklet is the 1st longitudinal examine of the position of Paul in apocalyptic inspiration. Readers will achieve new appreciation for the theological weight of medieval exegesis quite often and for the endurance of apocalypticism within the medieval Christian mind's eye because it dared to examine 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 arriving finish. the writer rigorously examines commentaries on 2 Thessalonians from the fourth to the 12th centuries and reveals that they supply the 'architecture' for the constructing doctrine of Antichrist because it is portrayed in later medieval paintings and literature. by way of the 12th century, this practice of mirrored image distills from some of the early interpretations a vintage, man made realizing of Antichrist and the tip that varieties an authoritative consensus for centuries.


Kevin L. Hughes is Assistant Professor within the division of Theology and spiritual reviews at Villanova collage. the writer of diverse books and articles, his newest guides comprise Church historical past: religion passed On and a translation of Second Thessalonians: Early Medieval Apocalyptic Commentaries.


"The moment Letter to the Thessalonians used to be the most important within the development of the determine of the Antichrist. whereas students have well-known its value, its interpretation hasn't ever acquired such an severe, systematic, and thorough remedy. . . . This booklet will quickly turn into and is probably going lengthy to stay the authoritative therapy on its subject in any language."―Kevin Madigan, Harvard Divinity School

"Kevin L. Hughes's Constructing Antichrist makes an important contribution to our realizing of the expansion and improvement of the belief of Antichrist from past due Antiquity to the excessive center Ages....[T]his publication includes a wealth of knowledge at the early medieval exegetical traditions of Antichrist....Anyone drawn to early medieval exegesis in most cases, and the subject of Antichrist particularly, will examine very much from it." ― Lawrence Besserman, TMR

"[A] readable . . . background of the exegesis and theological mirrored image at the 2 Thessalonians' formula of the determine of the Antichrist from Paul throughout the Western advancements into the 11th century." ― Jeffrey Gros, Religious reports Review"

"In six sincerely 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] vitally important publication . . . . this can be a booklet for each theology library. it can be used with nice revenue in higher department undergraduate classes in either the heritage of theology in addition to the heritage of exegesis." ― Michael W. Blastic, Horizons

"Constructing Antichrist comprehensively examines early medieval exegesis of moment Thessalonians, particularly its moment bankruptcy, within which references to "the Son of

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