Barbarians, Law Codes, and Purgatory

Isabel Moreira

in Heaven's Purge

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199736041
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894628 | DOI:
Barbarians, Law Codes, and Purgatory

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This chapter asks the question: were the barbarian invasions responsible for the rise of purgatory? Examining ancient sources and modern interpretations, this chapter assesses the role of barbarian institutions and law on descriptions of purgatory, in particular, the claims made for the influence of legal tariffs on purgatory. The chapter assesses the evidence of the Vision of Paul, Redaction 6. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion of the eschatological and judicial ordeal.

Keywords: barbarian invasions; barbarian law; legal tariffs; Vision of Paul; purgatory; eschatological ordeal; judicial ordeal

Chapter.  5802 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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