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14 The Concordist Imagination: A Theme in the History of Eschatology

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In his Expositio in Apocalypsim Joachim of Fiore recounted a revelation he received on Easter night, probably in 1184, at the abbey of Casamari south of Rome. The sudden insight into the perfect concord or harmony between the Old Testament and the New is one of the exegetical keystones of Joachim's apocalyptic eschatology. This concordism was more than just a typological relation between some events in the Old Law that were fulfilled in the life of Christ. Rather, for Joachim, what had been revealed to him was the agreement between whole series of events and persons of the Old Testament and events and persons of the time of the New Testament, that is, the age initiated by Christ and still ongoing in Joachim's day. Joachim's concordiae were prophetic patterns which spelled out the inner connection and meaning of what was past, what was present, and what was still to come.

Keywords: concordism; Joachim's apocalyptic eschatology; New Testament; Old Testament



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