Chapter

Introduction

Isabel Moreira

in Heaven's Purge

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199736041
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894628 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736041.003.0000
Introduction

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This chapter argues that the early history of purgatory must be discussed on its own terms and not as a precursor to later medieval Catholic doctrine. It explains the use of the term “purgatory.” It identifies major modern scholarly contributions to the field and the historical and interpretive issues raised by sixteenth-century reformers. The chapter explores Bede’s historical status as an author of purgatory.

Keywords: purgatory; reformers; Bede

Chapter.  5076 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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