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The Antichrist Legend: A Chapter in Christian and Jewish Folklore
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The Antichrist Legend: A Chapter in Christian and Jewish Folklore


Hutchinson and Co. 1896

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Bible scholar Bousset presents a comprehensive study of the Antichrist in this volume. Going over various sources from both Hebrew and Christian traditions, as well as the history of the stories, Bousset seeks to clear the mystery and confusion associated with this controversial topic. He compares stories of an Antichrist figure with Babylonian legends. Translated from the original German, this is a solid exploration of the Antichrist, as well an invaluable historical document from this time.

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Key Features

  • Presents a comprehensive study of the Antichrist
  • Provides a variety of Hebrew and Christian sources
  • Compares stories of the Antichrist figure with Babylonian legends


  • Part I: The Sources
    • Introduction—Methods of Interpretation—Relations to the Babylonian Dragon Myth
    • Statement of the Problem
    • Pseudo-Ephrem: A Latin Homily on the End of the World
    • Two Medleval Sibylline Documents (Bede and Usinger)
    • The Greek and Armenian Apocalypses of Daniel—The Arabic, Syriac, and Ethiopic Apocalypses of Peter
    • Commodian’s Carmen Apologeticum
    • The Apocalypse of Zephaniah—Survey of Other Patristic Writings Bearing on the Antichrist Legend
    • Jewish Sources—The Sibylline Literature—The Fourth Book of Ezra and the Book of Baruch
    • Later Jewish Sources—The Mysteries of Simon
  • Part II: History of the Antichrist Legend
    • Signs and Forewarnings—The Fall of the Roman Empire before the End—Origin of the Antichrist
    • The Jewish Origin of the Antichrist—His Name—The Devil and Antichrist—Belial—The Antichrist Figured as a Monster
    • First Victories of Antichrist—Seats Himself in the Temple—Antichrist the Pseudo-Messiah of the Jews—His Birth in the Tribe of Dan
    • The Wonders of the Antichrist—A Retrospective Glance—The Antichrist’s Ministers
    • Antichrist Ruler of the World—Drought and Famine—The Mark of Antichrist
    • Enoch and Elias—The Flight of the Faithful
    • The Shortening of the Days—The Last Stress—The Deliverance—The Doom of the Antichrist
    • The Sign of the Son of Man—The Time of His Advent—The Destruction of the World by Fire—The Four Winds—The Sounding of the Trump—The Last Judgment
  • An Old Armenian Form of the Antichrist Saga

Product Details

  • Title: The Antichrist Legend: A Chapter in Christian and Jewish Folklore
  • Author: W. Bousset
  • Publisher: Hutchinson and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1896
  • Pages: 307

About W. Bousset

Wilhelm Bousset (1856–1920) was born in Germany. He was a theologian and professor of New Testament at University of Göttingen. He is known for his comparative approach to religious studies.