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Heaven's purge : purgatory in late antiquity

Author: Isabel Moreira
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
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The doctrine of purgatory - the state after death in which Christians undergo punishment by God for unforgiven sins - raises many questions. What is purgatory like? Who experiences it? Does purgatory purify souls, or punish them, or both? How painful is it? Heaven's Purge explores the first posing of these questions in Christianity's early history, from the first century to the eighth: an era in which the notion  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Isabel Moreira
ISBN: 9780199736041 0199736049 9780199375011 0199375011
OCLC Number: 463307619
Description: viii, 310 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Purgatory in early Christian and patristic thought --
Of sons and slaves : violence and correction in the afterlife --
O purgatorium caeleste! : purging body and soul at St. Martin's shrine --
Purgation in the sixth and seventh centuries --
Purgatory, penitentials, and the Irish question --
Purgatory in Bede and Boniface --
Missionary eschatology and the politics of certainty --
Barbarians, law codes, and purgatory.
Responsibility: Isabel Moreira.
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This book traces purgatory's roots in the texts and debates of late antiquity. Illuminating the varied perspectives on post-mortem purgation in late antiquity, Moreira challenges the conclusions of  Read more...

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