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Corpus Christianorum

Apocrypha Hiberniae II, Apocalyptica 2

M. McNamara MSC, C. Breatnach, P. A. Breatnach, J. Carey, U. Mac Gearailt, M. Herbert, C. Ó Dochartaigh, E. Poppe, C. D. Wright (eds.)
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XXIV+589 p., 3 b/w ill., 3 b/w tables, 155 x 245 mm, 2019
ISBN: 978-2-503-58535-2
Languages: Latin, English
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A collection of some of the most important medieval Irish eschatological texts.

The present volume comprises editions, by several of the major scholars now working in the field of medieval Irish apocrypha, of a selection of important eschatological texts. Two of these, edited by John Carey, are works original to Ireland: The Vision of Adomnán, an account of the afterworld notable for its vividness and complexity; and The Two Sorrows of the Kingdom of Heaven, a shorter text which describes the judgement of souls and the end of the world with reference to the destinies of Enoch and Elijah. Caoimhín Breatnach provides editions of the Irish versions of some of the fundamental texts of Christian apocalyptic: The Assumption of Mary (supplemented by a closely related Latin variant, edited by Joseph Flahive); and one of the Redactions of The Vision of Saint Paul. Professor Breatnach also contributes a series of accounts of Antichrist: these belong to a type that has long been regarded as typically Irish, but for which Charles D. Wright here supplies a broader context in an innovative and important study. Fr Martin McNamara MSC introduces the collection with a discussion of “Some Aspects of Medieval Irish Eschatology”.

This is the first volume of a two-part collection: the texts edited in the sequel will be concerned with the events of the end time, and in particular with the theme of the signs before the Day of Judgement.

Editors: Fr Martin McNamara MSC (emeritus, Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy), Prof. Caoimhín Breatnach (University College Dublin), Prof. Pádraig A. Breatnach (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), Prof. John Carey (University College Cork), Prof. Máire Herbert (emerita, University College Cork), Prof. Uáitéar Mac Gearailt (Dublin City University), Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh (University College Cork)

Table of Contents

General Introduction: Some Aspects of Medieval Irish Eschatology
by Martin McNamara

Fís Adomnáin – The Vision of Adomnán
Introduction, Edition, Translation, and Commentary
by John Carey

Dá Brón Flatha Nime – The Two Sorrows of the Kingdom of Heaven

Introduction, Edition, Translation, and Commentary
by John Carey


General Introduction
by Martin McNamara

Udhacht Mhuire – The Testament of Mary

Introduction, Edition, Translation, and Commentary
by Caoimhín Breatnach

Trinity College Latin Version

Introduction by Martin McNamara and Joseph Flahive
Edition and Translation by Joseph Flahive


by Martin McNamara

Aisling Phóil – Recension IV of The Vision of Paul

Introduction, Edition and Translation
by Caoimhín Breatnach


by Martin McNamara

A Revelation of John about Antichrist

Introduction, Edition, Translation, and Commentary
by Charles D. Wright

Three Irish Texts of A Revelation of John about Antichrist:

"Sgél Ainntecrísd" – The Story of Antichrist
Do thoighiocht an bhreitheamhnais déanaidh – Concerning the Coming of the Final Judgement
Do theacht Anticríosd – Concerning the Coming of Antichrist

Introduction, Edition, Translation, and Commentary
by Caoimhín Breatnach

Series Branch:
Corpus Christianorum
Corpus Christianorum Apocryphal Texts Series (Multilingual)
Corpus Christianorum Series Apocryphorum
Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Judaeo-Christian Bible : texts criticism & exegesis
NT Apocrypha & pseudepigrapha
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Latin literature
Insular Latin literature
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
British Isles

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