Book Series Corpus Christianorum Series Apocryphorum, vol. 22
  • Pages: iv + 471 p.
  • Size:155 x 245 mm
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2024

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-60081-9
  • Hardback
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A collection of some of the most important medieval Irish eschatological texts.


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. Joseph Flahive (The Royal Irish Academy), Prof. Máire Herbert (emerita, University College Cork), Prof. Uáitéar Mac Gearailt (Dublin City University), Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh (University College Cork), Prof. Erich Poppe (University of Marburg), Prof. Charles D. Wright (Emeritus, University of Illinois)


The present volume, the continuation of volume CCSA 21, comprises further editions, by several of the major scholars now working in the field of medieval Irish apocrypha, of a selection of important eschatological texts.

The first of these, Bráth, níba bec a breisim, edited by Erich Poppe, concerns the events which will occur on the Day of Judgement. Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh provides edition, translation and a commentary of Poems 153-162 of Saltair na Rann, an independent eschatological composition. Prof. Uáitéar Mac Gearailt publishes a study and a commented edition of Scéla Laí Brátha, Tidings of the Day of Judgement. Prof. Caoimhín Breatnach publishes Garbh éirghid iodhain bhrátha, Harshly do the pangs of Doomsday, as well as two short Irish texts on the Fifteen Signs Before Doomsday and on Doomsday. Prof. Pádraig A. Breatnach provides the edition of A Tract on the Fifteen Signs of Doomsday. Fr Martin McNamara MSC publishes two short studies in Appendices: the first one on the duration of the Day of Doom (The Day of Doom a Thousand Years, in Appendix 1); the second one concerns a quotation in the Fifteen Signs text edited by Caoimhín Breatnach from the 15th-century Latin theologian Pelbartus (Passage from Pelbartus, Advent Sermon IV: Appendix 2). Fr McNamara also introduces the collection with a discussion of “The Signs before Doomsday”.


General Introduction: The Signs before Doomsday
Martin McNamara

Bráth, níba bec a breisimA Poem on the Day of Judgement
Erich Poppe

Poems 153-162 of Saltair na Rann  
Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh

Scéla Laí BráthaTidings of the Day of Judgement 
Uáitéar Mac Gearailt

Garbh éirghid iodhain bhráthaHarshly do the pangs of Doomsday approach  
Caoimhín Breatnach

Texts on the Fifteen Signs Before Doomsday and on Doomsday
Caoimhín Breatnach

A Tract on the Fifteen Signs of Doomsday with Account of Hells Torments and the Joys of Heaven
Pádraig A. Breatnach

Appendix 1: The Day of Doom a Thousand Years
Martin McNamara

Appendix 2: Passage from Pelbartus, Advent Sermon IV
Martin McNamara

Indexes for volumes CC SA 21-22 (Apocrypha Hiberniae II, 2-3: Apocalyptica)
Index of Biblical References
Index of Persons and Places
Index of Authors and Texts
Index of Themes
Index of Manuscripts
Index of Noteworthy Words and Phrases