It is therefore necessary for us to marke diligently, and to espie out the felowe: and it is convenient for us also, to geve the eyes of our heartes attentively unto this purpose (especially the worlde that is now) to th'intent we maye be hable to knowe (out of the scriptures) both him and all his wyles, and to beware of him, that he begyle us not.
[Rudolph Walther] Antichrist, that is to saye: A true report, that Antichrist is come . . . : translated out of Latine into Englishe. By J. D. (Southwarke: Christopher Trutheall, 1556), fol. 701.
Die zyt die kumt, es kumt die zyt: Ich worcht der endkrist sy nit wyt.
[The time comes, it is quite clear, The Antichrist is very near.]
Sebastian Brant The Ship of Fools, CIII.92-93.
The origins of the Antichrist legend are inseparable from the history of Jewish speculations about the endtime and it proximity.
("Have we not worn ourselves out with that accursed Antichrist?").
Tracing the concept of the Antichrist from its Judeo-Christian origins to the present day, a historical analysis examines the social and religious groups, as well as the individuals, accredited with its behavior.
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