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The majority of the texts containing theories concerning the end of time and how the time between the present and that future would pass are to be found among biblical texts. The relationship between humanity and the divine has always been a space of creation and interpretation. These biblical texts defined a precise type of historical periodization, one in which eschatological expectation determined the progress toward the achievement of the desired time of the end, when the kingdom of God would be established. According to Daniel, there would be four successive empires before the time of the end. Antnio Vieira demonstrates a curious ability to transform a Catholic theory into a universal approach that would definitely lead the world toward the promised time of the end and to the establishment of the divine kingship on earth.

Keywords: Antnio Vieira; biblical texts; Daniel; historical periodization



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