Wilhelm Bousset's insightful and informative critical study on the early Christian Antichrist tradition, examining its origins, development, and use in the New Testament and other writings of the period.
Entitled The Antichrist Legend: A Chapter in Christian and Jewish Folklore, this is a translation of the German work by distinguished theologian and New Testament scholar Wilhelm Bousset (1856-1920). It is a pioneering critical study of the early Christian Antichrist tradition—exploring its origins, development, and use in the New Testament and other writings of the period. Featuring much detailed examination and comparative analysis of the sources—both Jewish and Christian—passages such as 2 Thesslonians 2:1-12 and Revelation 13 are set within the wider context of eschatological and apocalyptic traditions in the first centuries B.C./A.D. Even for those who prefer a more traditional-conservative approach to the New Testament are sure to find this study both informative and enlightening.
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