Eschatology and Christian Nurture: Themes in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Religious Life

Eschatology and Christian Nurture: Themes in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Religious Life

by Milton McC. Gatch
     
 

ISBN-10: 086078827X

ISBN-13: 9780860788270

Pub. Date: 06/01/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Professor Gatch opens with three essays providing an overview of the themes of this book: eschatology and the basic education of the laity. Despite an undoubted acceptance of immortality and an active afterlife, Gatch believes that medieval eschatology remained strikingly oriented to the New Testament picture of the apocalypse and the resurrection of the dead.

Overview

Professor Gatch opens with three essays providing an overview of the themes of this book: eschatology and the basic education of the laity. Despite an undoubted acceptance of immortality and an active afterlife, Gatch believes that medieval eschatology remained strikingly oriented to the New Testament picture of the apocalypse and the resurrection of the dead. This is explored in studies on spirituality and perceptions of eternity in the Anglo-Saxon church, and a long essay surveys the teachings in the anonymous Old English homilies. The following studies look at what can be learned of the audience of such homilies in pre-Conquest England, and at their wider European context. The final pieces consider reflections of piety in treatments of the Noah story and in a little text about the piety of a late-Saxon nobleman.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780860788270
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/01/2000
Series:
Variorum Collected Studies Series
Pages:
346
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Some theological reflections on death from the Early Church through the Reformation; Basic Christian education from the decline of catechesis to the rise of the catechisms; The Harrowing of Hell: a liberation motif in medieval theology and devotional literature; The Anglo-Saxon tradition; Perceptions of eternity; Two uses of apocrypha in Old English homilies; Eschatology in the anonymous Old English homilies; The unknowable audience of the Blickling Homilies; The achievement of Ælfric and his colleagues in European perspective; The Office in late Anglo-Saxon monasticism; Noah's raven in Genesis A and the illustrated Old English hexateuch; Miracles in architectural settings: Christ Church Canterbury, and St Clement's, Sandwich in the Old English Vision of Leofric; Piety and liturgy in the Old English Vision of Leofric; Index.

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