Book Series Corpus Christianorum Series Apocryphorum, vol. 21
  • Pages: xxiv + 589 p.
  • Size:155 x 245 mm
  • Illustrations:3 b/w, 3 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):Latin, English
  • Publication Year:2019

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-58535-2
  • Hardback
  • Available

A collection of some of the most important medieval Irish eschatological texts.


“This volume is a masterpiece of editorial technique and methodology; and it is an invaluable foundation of further studies of Irish apocrypha. At the same time it provides essential insights into the ongoing processing of biblical or non-biblical material, its transmission and reception, and its regional adaptation. It comprises the most distinguished scholars working in the field, who must be thanked for their meticulous and scrupulous work.” (Thomas J. Kraus, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2022.03.25)

"Ce nouveau venu dans la Series apocryphorum, fruit d’un impressionnant travail collaboratif, est une contribution incontournable aux études sur les apocryphes chrétiens." (Damien Labadie, in Apocrypha 32, 2021, p. 254-255)


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)


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 (CCSA 22) are concerned with the events of the end time, and in particular with the theme of the signs before the Day of Judgement.


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

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

Dá Brón Flatha Nime – The Two Sorrows of the Kingdom of Heaven
Introduction, Edition, Translation, and Commentary
John Carey


General Introduction
Martin McNamara

Udhacht Mhuire – The Testament of Mary
Introduction, Edition, Translation, and Commentary
Caoimhín Breatnach

Trinity College Latin Version
Introduction by Martin McNamara and Joseph Flahive
Edition and Translation by Joseph Flahive


Martin McNamara

Aisling Phóil – Recension IV of The Vision of Paul
Introduction, Edition and Translation
Caoimhín Breatnach


Martin McNamara

A Revelation of John about Antichrist
Introduction, Edition, Translation, and Commentary
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
Caoimhín Breatnach