Purgatory, Penitentials, and the Irish Question

Isabel Moreira

in Heaven's Purge

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199736041
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894628 | DOI:
Purgatory, Penitentials, and the Irish Question

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This chapter challenges a school of thought that proposes that purgatory emerged in the seventh century as a result of the contact of Mediterranean Christianity with Irish religious culture. It gives special attention to the Vision of Fursey as evidence for postmortem purgation and questions the argument that penitential tariffing had a direct influence on evolving conceptions of purgatory. The chapter also examines Bede’s epitome of the Vision of Fursey, the Fragmentary Vision of 757, Vision of Paul, Redaction 6, and the Bigotian Penitential.

Keywords: Irish culture; Vision of Fursey; penance; purgatory; penitentials; tariffs; Bede; Fragmentary Vision of 757; Vision of Paul; Redaction 6; Bigotian Penitential

Chapter.  15234 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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