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Heaven's PurgePurgatory in Late Antiquity$
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Isabel Moreira

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199736041

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736041.001.0001

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Purgatory, Penitentials, and the Irish Question

Purgatory, Penitentials, and the Irish Question

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(p.113) 5 Purgatory, Penitentials, and the Irish Question
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Heaven's Purge
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Isabel Moreira

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736041.003.0005

This chapter challenges a school of thought that proposes that purgatory emerged in the seventh century as a result of the contact of Mediterranean Christianity with Irish religious culture. It gives special attention to the Vision of Fursey as evidence for postmortem purgation and questions the argument that penitential tariffing had a direct influence on evolving conceptions of purgatory. The chapter also examines Bede’s epitome of the Vision of Fursey, the Fragmentary Vision of 757, Vision of Paul, Redaction 6, and the Bigotian Penitential.

Keywords:   Irish culture, Vision of Fursey, penance, purgatory, penitentials, tariffs, Bede, Fragmentary Vision of 757, Vision of Paul, Redaction 6, Bigotian Penitential

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