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Joachim of Fiore (c.1135–1202)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-B059-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

Joachim was a charismatic monastic reformer and inventive scriptural exegete whose study of the Bible led him to propound complex theories of history. Especially interested in the Apocalypse as a guide to history, he believed that the advent of the Antichrist and a violent end of the age were imminent. Contemporaries considered him a prophet, and this reputation – furthered by spurious works attributed to him – endured for four centuries. His theology, however, was widely criticized by such authoritative thinkers as Aquinas, Bonaventure and Bradwardine.

Citing this article:
Murphy, Sean Eisen. Joachim of Fiore (c.1135–1202), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-B059-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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