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In Evert Willemsz's eyes Zacharias is more than just a divinely inspired prophet. This chapter explains the prominent place given to the book of Revelation in Evert's texts and songs. Evert's double religious experience gives us a glimpse of how a devout boy assimilated the abstract dogma of predestination and distilled from it a concrete life project. It also shows the extensive social ramifications of the predestination debate. The reformation of life that Evert sketches with a few quick strokes places him in the stream of the further reformation. The praxis pietatis placed the spiritual writers of the Further Reformation in the pietistic tradition and enabled them to adopt an important part of the Christian humanist heritage. The sense of living at a crucial moment in the history of the world, humanity, and salvation so intensely experienced by ordinary believers also appears in scholarly apocalyptic writings of the time.

Keywords: book of Revelation; Christian humanist heritage; election; Erudite apocalyptic teachings; Evert Willemsz; Further Reformation; God; praxis pietatis; Zacharias



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