How do Middle Dutch sermons on the gospel describe the end of the world? In this paper five sermons on the second Sunday of the Advent are investigated, which we find in sermon collections per circulum anni.
These sermons consist of a vernacular rendition of the gospel of the day and a commentary to it. Most sermons do not discuss the complete gospel but select verses to comment on. All sermons discuss additional subjects, such as the fifteen signs of St Jerome and the Last Judgment.
Differences between the sermons make clear there is no interdependence. The author of compilator of a new sermon collection did not use the older collections. Yet, in spite of the independence of the sermons, there are many parallels and the contents are very conventional. It would have been possible to write on the subject in a spectacular and terrifying way, but the tone in the sermons is moderate and sober.
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