The Advent Hope in Early Christianity
Paul J. Landa
; Loma Linda University, CA, SAD
APA 6th Edition
Landa, P.J. (1999). The Advent Hope in Early Christianity. Biblijski pogledi, 7 (1-2), 0-0. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/99666
MLA 8th Edition
Landa, Paul J.. "The Advent Hope in Early Christianity." Biblijski pogledi, vol. 7, no. 1-2, 1999, pp. 0-0. https://hrcak.srce.hr/99666. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.
Chicago 17th Edition
Landa, Paul J.. "The Advent Hope in Early Christianity." Biblijski pogledi 7, no. 1-2 (1999): 0-0. https://hrcak.srce.hr/99666
Landa, P.J. (1999). 'The Advent Hope in Early Christianity', Biblijski pogledi, 7(1-2), pp. 0-0. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/99666 (Accessed 01 February 2023)
Landa PJ. The Advent Hope in Early Christianity. Biblijski pogledi [Internet]. 1999 [cited 2023 February 01];7(1-2). Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/99666
P.J. Landa, "The Advent Hope in Early Christianity", Biblijski pogledi, vol.7, no. 1-2, pp. 0-0, 1999. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/99666. [Accessed: 01 February 2023]
This essay has sought to show the fate of the advent hope as the early Christian church emerged and spread into the Greco-Roman world, expressing its faith in modes of thought that successively were shaped by Jewish, Greek, and finally Latin insights. The use of these modes was accompanied by a lessening of the eschatological expectation, owing to the fact of its delay and to changing social and political circumstances. Thus the imminently awaited advent of the late first and early second centuries gradually gave way to a “doctrine” of the advent—one of the essential components of the “history of salvation.” This essential doctrine was in turn spiritualized away by those who insisted on promoting a type of “realized eschatology,” more in character with the superior religious gnosis represented by Christianity (to Hellenistic minds).
Changing conditions brought a revival of the earlier expectancy, only to have it fulfilled in a totally unexpected manner: The kingdom of God supposedly was initiated by the advent of the Christian emperor Constantine. The victory of the Christian church came to be viewed as a close approximation of the coming of God’s reign. Nevertheless, even the citizens of the City of God still felt themselves very much earthbound, and the hope of the parousia — now once again an “essential” Christian doctrine—remained very much alive in their thinking about the future, even as it cast a long beam of light on their present lives and conduct.
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