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Thietland's Commentary on Second Thessalonians: Digressions on the Antichrist and the End of the Millennium

Steven R. Cartwright

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/9780195161625.003.0005
Thietland's Commentary on Second Thessalonians: Digressions on the Antichrist and the End of the Millennium

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This book discusses a wide variety of documents from the 10th and 11th centuries that indicate a concern and expectation during that time about the end of the world, the Last Judgment, the coming of the Antichrist, and either the beginning or the end of the Millennium, depending upon what one believed about the thousand-year reign of Christ. It also lists many documents indicating that in fact there was an expectation of the end of the world from the mid-10th to the mid-11th century, according to the various theories of how the Millennium should be calculated. One of these documents, the commentary on Two Thessalonians by Thietland, second abbot of Einsiedeln, provides an additional, and previously unnoticed, witness to the apocalyptic expectations of the mid-10th century. This commentary, like the rest of Thietland's expositions on the letters of St. Paul, is little known and virtually unstudied.

Keywords: documents; end of the world; Last Judgment; Antichrist; Millennium; Christ; Thessalonians; Thietland; St. Paul

Chapter.  8748 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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