Dario Internullo, Michele Lodone

The Studies on Prophetism: Reflections on the Last Decades

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Keywords: Prophetism; Apocalypticism; Historiography.

The article proposes several reflections on the studies on medieval and early modern prophetism produced in the last few decades, with the purpose of outlining its most relevant issues. From a methodological point of view, an ever-increasing attention to philological, material and cultural aspects can be observed. This scrupulousness has entailed a decrease in the importance not only of "classical" one-sided theses but also of the attention paid to ideal aspirations and general historical changes, which, until a decade ago, was an important feature of the historiography of prophetism. The text is divided into three sections: the first focuses on the relationship between prophetism and the political dimension; the second deals with the cultural aspects of the prophetic phenomenon; the third reflects on those authors and prophetic traditions that have become better known thanks to recent publications.

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