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Stalking the Signs: The Apocalyptic Commentaries

Guy Lobrichon

in The Apocalyptic Year 1000

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780195161625
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849666 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161625.003.0003
Stalking the Signs: The Apocalyptic Commentaries

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This chapter examines the material that men and women had at their disposal in that remote time before the year 1000 and then outlines the exegesis in which the scholars of the late-10th and early-11th centuries immersed themselves so as to understand and interpret the Apocalypse, and especially the redoubtable chapter on the Millennium. This chapter begins with a brief exposition of the elementary rules of the medieval hermeneutic, so as to engage more readily the logic of 9th- and 10th-century scholars. For this end, the chapter compares three texts of that period. A second facet of this study, touching upon a larger body of sources, leads toward the deciphering of the strategies they employed and hence the chapter divulges and illustrates the indications of a veritable debate under way toward the year 1000.

Keywords: material; exegesis; Apocalypse; Millennium; exposition; medieval hermeneutic; sources; year 1000

Chapter.  6494 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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