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The Burial of the Dead (<i>Cath</i>. 10)

Gerard O'Daly

in Days Linked by Song

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199263950
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741364 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263950.003.0011
The Burial of the Dead (Cath. 10)

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This chapter discusses the themes of the poem: body and soul and their separation in death; Christian care for burial rites and tombs; belief in human bodily resurrection; the perfection of the resurrected body in heaven; Christians should not indulge in mourning; death is renewal of life; Lazarus and Dives; Tobit's piety in burying a stranger and his reward, the cure of his blindness; and life as exile and death as a return to the birthplace, paradise.

Keywords: death; burial rites; tombs; resurrection; mourning; Lazarus-Dives; Tobit; exile motif; paradise; soul-body relation

Chapter.  9572 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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