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Wise Men and Innocents (<i>Cath</i>. 12)

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/9780199263950.003.0013
Wise Men and Innocents (Cath. 12)

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This chapter discusses the themes of the poem: the Christmas star; the Magi and the symbolism of their gifts; the fulfilment of Messianic prophecies; Herod and the slaughter of the Innocents; Moses and Joshua as prefigurations or types of Christ; Christ the king and ruler, liberating humanity from death; and the poem as a post-Ambrosian hymn.

Keywords: Christmas star; Magi; symbolism; Messianic prophecy; Herod; slaughter of Innocents; Moses; Joshua; Christ the king; Ambrose reception

Chapter.  9482 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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