Paper Title

[3.2] The End is Nigh? : Hildegarde of Bingen and Joachim of Fiore Interpretation of the Apocalypse and the Antichrist

Presenter Information

Kennedy GarrettFollow

Location

IB 1020

Start Date

January 2020

End Date

January 2020

Disciplines

History | Philosophy

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

This essay will examine the apocalyptic writings of Hildegard of Bingen and Joachim of Fiore, particularly focusing on their depictions of the Antichrist. This essay will look at Hildegard’s description of the Antichrist as found in Vision Five of Hildegard’s Scivias and Joachim’s The Book of Figures, The Fourteenth Table, The Seven Headed Dragon. While both Hildegarde and Joachim were considered as mystics, their respective depictions of the apocalypse and the Antichrist differs widely. Hildegarde’s description of the apocalypse and the Antichrist deal with more the corrupt nature of the church and how this will lead to the apocalypse. However, there is a definite sexual and gendered aspect of Hildegard’s apocalypse and Antichrist. Joachim’s apocalypse deals more with history and how the apocalypse will lead to fully experiencing Christ. The Antichrist, to Joachim, is also very interesting as he believed in multiple Antichrists but that the great Antichrist would bring the apocalypse. Is this difference due to how mystical Hildegarde and Joachim were? Could Joachim be considered a moderate mystic? Or is this due to gender and how gender impacts mystical experience?

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[3.2] The End is Nigh? : Hildegarde of Bingen and Joachim of Fiore Interpretation of the Apocalypse and the Antichrist

IB 1020

This essay will examine the apocalyptic writings of Hildegard of Bingen and Joachim of Fiore, particularly focusing on their depictions of the Antichrist. This essay will look at Hildegard’s description of the Antichrist as found in Vision Five of Hildegard’s Scivias and Joachim’s The Book of Figures, The Fourteenth Table, The Seven Headed Dragon. While both Hildegarde and Joachim were considered as mystics, their respective depictions of the apocalypse and the Antichrist differs widely. Hildegarde’s description of the apocalypse and the Antichrist deal with more the corrupt nature of the church and how this will lead to the apocalypse. However, there is a definite sexual and gendered aspect of Hildegard’s apocalypse and Antichrist. Joachim’s apocalypse deals more with history and how the apocalypse will lead to fully experiencing Christ. The Antichrist, to Joachim, is also very interesting as he believed in multiple Antichrists but that the great Antichrist would bring the apocalypse. Is this difference due to how mystical Hildegarde and Joachim were? Could Joachim be considered a moderate mystic? Or is this due to gender and how gender impacts mystical experience?