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Christmas (<i>Cath</i>. 11)

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/9780199263950.003.0012
Christmas (Cath. 11)

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This chapter discusses the themes of the poem: its relation to Ambrose's Christmas hymn (Hymn 5); God/Christ as creative Word; Christ as Wisdom; the winter solstice as the time of Christ's birth; humanity's decline and the divine plan of salvation; the virgin birth; Christ's incarnation, the beginning of an new age; the earth's idyllic springtime; the influence of Virgil's Eclogue 4; Christ in the manger, worshiped by the animals; Christ as king and judge at the final judgement; and anti-Jewish polemic.

Keywords: Ambrose's hymns; God as Word; Christ as Wisdom; winter solstice; decline of humanity; salvation; virgin birth; incarnation; new age; Virgil

Chapter.  10696 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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