IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1104: Prophecy as Guideline for Behaviour

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Petra Waffner, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen
Moderator/Chair:Felicitas Schmieder, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen
Paper 1104-aCreating Antichrist: Using Apocalyptic Figures in Hussite Polemic and Self-Interpretative Discourse
(Language: English)
Pavlína Libichová Cermanová, Centrum Medievistických Studií, Akademie vĕd České Republiky, Praha
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought, Religious Life
Paper 1104-bProphecy and Its Influence on People: Spreading Atmosphere of Threat and Hope
(Language: English)
Petra Waffner, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Political Thought, Religious Life

Prophetic texts were and are a method of explaining present things in order to provide instructions for shaping the future, that is, the time between now and the final Judgement. Due to this context, the aim to instruct people has provided a wide range of prophetical texts. Some focus on regional aspects, others claim, more widely, to give instructions for historical problems of their time. Prophetics therefore use to intend to influence their audience. The texts try to spread atmospheres of different feelings, ranging in aspects of threat and hope and herewith attempt to convince of certain attitude, to trigger a reaction. How specifically are prophetic texts focussed on their environments (time and region)? What do we know about their audience and how does the prophet try to influence it?