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Nature and the “Signs of the End” in Job Fincel's Wonder Signs

Philip M. Soergel

in Miracles and the Protestant Imagination

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199844661
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932856 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844661.003.0003

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

Nature and the “Signs of the End” in Job Fincel's Wonder Signs

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Chapter 3 treats the use of miracles in the works of the Lutheran natural philosopher, Job Fincel, who in the politically troubled years in the mid-sixteenth century published three widely read volumes of natural signs and miracles under the title Wonder Signs. Fueled by a sense that he was living in the world’s final days, Fincel fashioned his books as chronicles of the many events he believed were announcing the coming Last Judgment. Written in a highly dramatic style, Fincel’s texts were cheaply produced and widely read, and as a result they were to inspire a number of other evangelical authors in the years that followed to examine the subject of miracles as well.

Keywords: apocalypticism; natural signs and wonders; portents; job fincel; natural philosophy

Chapter.  10808 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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