Bede and the End of Time (Studies in Early Medieval Britain) by Peter Darby

By Peter Darby

Bede (c. 673-735) was once the top highbrow determine of the Anglo-Saxon Church, and his writings had a profound effect at the improvement of English Christian proposal. among the matters he wrote approximately, eschatology - the learn of the day of judgment and the top of time - used to be a reoccurring topic. when fresh study has furthered our wisdom of this topic within the later center a long time, Dr Darby's booklet presents the 1st complete research of Bede's eschatological inspiration and its effect upon the Anglo-Saxon interval. Taking account of Bede's ideals concerning the finish of time, this ebook deals subtle insights into his lifestyles, his works and the position that eschatological proposal performed in Anglo-Saxon society. shut awareness is given to the historic atmosphere of every resource textual content consulted, and unique insights are complicated in regards to the chronological series of Bede's writings. The publication unearths that Bede's principles approximately time replaced over the process his occupation, and it exhibits how Bede tested himself because the prime professional in eschatology of his age. The 8 chapters of this publication are geared up into 3 major thematic teams: the area a while framework, Bede's eschatological imaginative and prescient and Bede's eschatological viewpoint. will probably be of curiosity to these learning early medieval heritage, theology or literature in addition to somebody with a specific curiosity in Bede and Anglo-Saxon England.

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McCarthy, ‘The Emergence of anno domini’, in Time and Eternity, ed. G. Jaritz and G. Moreno-Riaño (Turnhout, 2003), 31–53; M. Mac Carron, ‘Bede, Annus Domini and the Historia ecclesiastica gentis anglorum’, in The Mystery of Christ in the Fathers of the Church: Essays in Honour of D. Vincent Twomey SVD, ed. E. Rutherford and D. Woods (Dublin, Forthcoming). 59 The following analysis draws upon Wallis, Reckoning of Time, lxviii–lxxi and 353–66. Landes, ‘Apocalyptic Expectations’ also provides a thought-provoking survey of the history of Christian chronography.

65 Jerome worked on the project between 383 and 405 CE at the request of Pope Damasus. Browning, Dictionary of the Bible, 390. 66 Wallis, Reckoning of Time, 354–6. The copy that Bede had access to contained further continuations by Prosper and Marcellinus Comes. 67 For Augustine, the world ages were purely theoretical: his interest in the scheme centred upon the multivalent symbolic comparisons that the model facilitated, such as the analogies with the ages of man and the days of the primordial week.

Geburtstag, ed. A. Önnerfors, J. Rathofer and F. Wagner (Darmstadt, 1973), 39–43. 16 Epistola ad Pleguinam, 17, lines 309–10. 17 For example: J. Campbell, ‘Bede’, in Latin Historians, ed. A. Dorey (London, 1966), 159–90, at 177–9. 18 The notion that Plegwine was a monk of Hexham derives from C. Plummer, Venerabilis Baedae Opera Historica (2 vols, Oxford, 1896), I, cxlvi. C. Tristram, Sex aetates mundi: die Weltzeitalter bei den Angelsachsen und den Iren: Untersuchungen und Texte (Heidelberg, 1985), 27.

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