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Eschatology, Millenarian Apocalypticism, and the Liturgical Anti-Judaism of the Medieval Prophet Plays

Regula Meyer Evitt

in The Apocalyptic Year 1000

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780195161625
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849666 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161625.003.0011
Eschatology, Millenarian Apocalypticism, and the Liturgical Anti-Judaism of the Medieval Prophet Plays

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Identifying the influence of apocalyptic thinking on medieval liturgical drama is textually complex. As C. Clifford Flanigan has observed, there are few explicit references to the biblical Apocalypse in liturgical texts. Flanigan identifies the variously troped antiphons and responsories for All Saints' Day and the feast of the Holy Innocents as specific liturgical loci for apocalyptic gestures. He suggests that the liturgical drama that developed from these celebrations offers an even more fluid medium for troping, for elaborating traditional exegesis in order to incorporate a variety of textual influences. It is in this context that this chapter considers the apocalyptic impulses of the Saint-Martial de Limoges Ordo prophetarum: as a retrospective piece concerned with the competition between eschatological and millenarian veins of apocalypticism in southern France during the eleventh century.

Keywords: C. Clifford Flanigan; Apocalypse; antiphons; troping; exegesis; Saint-Martial de Limoges; apocalypticism; France

Chapter.  12933 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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