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Eschatology In António Vieira's Previous Works

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The fact that Antnio Vieira lived during the 17th century rather than in the 21st century may be helpful in explaining the basis of his eschatological theorization. Raymond Cantel, the scholar who devoted his life to the study of Vieira s prophetic and messianic tendencies, confirms J. L. de Azevedos theory, according to which the time of Portuguese Restoration, i.e., around the year 1640, was the key moment in Vieira s public introduction of his eschatological system. The remarkable thing about Vieira s description is that the elected nation, the Hebrews, would be subjected to the unbeaten Quinas of Portugal , which clearly demonstrates in the speech of Vieira the supremacy of the king of Portugal in relation to the remaining nations at the time of the end. For many, the Histria do futuro represents the result of the theory first exposed in the letter Esperanas de Portugal.

Keywords: Antnio Vieira; eschatological system; Histria do futuro; Portugal



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