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By C. Gribben

This e-book deals the 1st whole evaluation of the highbrow heritage of 1 of the main major modern cultural trends -- the apocalyptic expectancies of ecu and American evangelicals -- in an account that courses readers into the origins, its evolution, and its progressive power within the glossy international.

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Even Calvin, who prepared commentaries on almost every New Testament book, did not deal carefully with the text. ’19 He traced the radical hope to the working of Satan, who, ‘since he could not openly destroy the hope of the resurrection ... promised that the day was close and would soon be at hand, in The Emergence of Evangelical Millennialism, 1500–1600 27 order to undermine it by stealth ... ’20 But it was not to be evangelical writers who would consider that this unpicking of the canon might itself be advancing a satanic agenda.

Others continued to emphasize an imminent prophetic fulfilment. William Perkins (1558–1602), a Cambridge pastor whose preaching exercised a profound influence upon the developing leadership of the emerging puritan movement, published his Godly and learned exposition of the three first chapters in the Revelation (1595), which picked up on many of Bale’s themes to discuss in detail the Laodicean situation of the English church. 45 Perkins dated Satan’s binding, which marked the beginning of the millennium, in 295, and his release in 1195.

This text focuses on print culture: its method of survey will make it difficult to access oral millennial traditions or personal reflections which exist in unpublished manuscript, or to ask questions about the reception, distribution, or sharing of individual texts, or the significance of their ownership. This book is not an ecclesial investigation: it can deal only in a limited way with the question of whether the content of ideas remained constant as they were received and transmitted by those who were not trained theologians.

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