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

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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.
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The Variorum series provides permanent volumes bound in bookcloth rather than the rising, slick trashy-looking plastic or fake cloth, and are smythe sewn, rather than glued, into hand-friendly octavos of good paper. The printing too is crisp. The 13 essays here are reproduced without addenda and corrigenda from their original publication between 1964 and 1993. The topics include some theological reflections on death from the early church through the Reformation, a liberation motif in Medieval theology and devotional literature, perceptions of eternity, eschatology in the anonymous Old English homilies, the achievement of Aelfric and his colleagues in European perspective, and piety and liturgy in the Old English . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

I Some Theological Reflections on Death from the Early Church through the Reformation
II Basic Christian Education from the Decline of Catechesis to the Rise of Catechisms
III The Harrowing Hell: A Liberation Motif in Medieval Theology and Devotional Literature
IV The Anglo-Saxon Tradition
V Perceptions of Eternity
VI Two Uses of Apocrypha in Old English Homilies
VII Eschatology in the Anonymous Old English Homilies
VIII The Unknowable Audience of the Blickling Homilies
IX The Achievement of AElfric and his Colleagues in European Perspective
X The Office in Late Anglo-Saxon Monasticism
XI Noah's Raven in Genesis A and the Illustrated Old English Hexateuch
XII Miracles in Architectural Settings: Christ Church, Canterbury, and St. Clements, Sandwich in the Old English Vision of Leofric
XIII Piety and Liturgy in the Old English Vision of Leofric
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