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 McGatch
     
 

ISBN-10: 086078827X

ISBN-13: 9780860788270

Pub. Date: 06/01/2000

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

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.…  See more details below

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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:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
06/01/2000
Series:
Variorum Collected Studies Series: Cs681 Ser.
Pages:
346
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments
ISome Theological Reflections on Death from the Early Church through the Reformation
IIBasic Christian Education from the Decline of Catechesis to the Rise of Catechisms
IIIThe Harrowing Hell: A Liberation Motif in Medieval Theology and Devotional Literature
IVThe Anglo-Saxon Tradition
VPerceptions of Eternity
VITwo Uses of Apocrypha in Old English Homilies
VIIEschatology in the Anonymous Old English Homilies
VIIIThe Unknowable Audience of the Blickling Homilies
IXThe Achievement of AElfric and his Colleagues in European Perspective
XThe Office in Late Anglo-Saxon Monasticism
XINoah's Raven in Genesis A and the Illustrated Old English Hexateuch
XIIMiracles in Architectural Settings: Christ Church, Canterbury, and St. Clements, Sandwich in the Old English Vision of Leofric
XIIIPiety and Liturgy in the Old English Vision of Leofric
Index

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