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Acts of Pilate

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

An apocryphal work giving an account of the trial, death, and resurrection of Christ. In some MSS an independent treatise on the Descent of Christ into Hades is attached to it; the two...

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Anastasis

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

The image representing the descent of Christ into hell from where he released the Old Testament righteous. This image denotes his Resurrection and became the feast icon of Easter Sunday ...

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Christ and Satan

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

An Old English poem of 733 lines found in the Junius manuscript. It has been suggested that the work dates from 790–830 and is of Anglian origin. The subjects of the three sections are:...

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hell

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

Place or state reserved for unrepentant sinners after death, where they suffer both separation from God, and other traditional punishments. Hell is designed by a benevolent deity, which...

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Holy Saturday

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

The day before Easter Sunday. It commemorates the resting of Christ's body in the tomb. See Paschal Vigil Service.

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limbo

Overview page. Subjects: Religion — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

In traditional Latin theology the abode of souls excluded from the full blessedness of the Beatific Vision, but not condemned to any other punishment.

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mystery play

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

Biblical dramas popular in England from the 13th to the later 16th cent., take their name from the mestier (métier or trade) of their performers; they were previously called ‘Miracle Plays’...

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Piers Plowman

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Late 14th‐cent. poem by William Langland. Cast in the familiar medieval form of a quest, the poem uses a series of dream‐visions to trace the tortuous progress of ‘Will’ from intellectual...

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