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The Seven Seals of the Apocalypse
Medieval Texts in Translation

Edited and translated by Francis X Gumerlock

The Seven Seals of the Apocalypse
Paperback, 110 pages £12.00
Published: 2009
ISBN: 9781580441087
Format: 215mm x 139mm
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Subjects: Biblical Studies, Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies
Series: TEAMS Commentary Series

Filling today's religious book market are Apocalypse commentaries teaching that the seven seals of Revelation 5-8 describe tragedies that are to take place in the last days. Medieval Europeans, on the other hand, thought very differently about the seven seals. Some used the seven seals for catechetical purposes and associated them with seven major events in the life of Christ or seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Other medieval writers taught that the seven seals contained symbols about life in the church between the first and second comings of Christ. Still others viewed the seals as milestones in the grand outline of salvation history. This book illustrates this vastness of medieval interpretive tradition on the seven seals. It includes fifteen texts from the sixth through the fifteenth centuries, which have been organized under three headings: those illustrating christological interpretations of the seven seals, those proposing ecclesiastical interpretations, and those giving historical interpretations.

Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction Part 1 Christological Interpretations of the Seven Seals Apringius of Beja, Tract on the Apocalypse Pseudo-Alcuin, On the Seven Seals Irish Reference Bible Celtic Catechism Hugh of Saint Cher, Exposition on the Apocalypse Nicholas of Gorran, On the Apocalypse of the Apostle John Part 2 Ecclesiastical Interpretations of the Seven Seals Caesarius of Arles, Exposition of the Apocalypse Cassiodorus, Brief Explanations of the Apocalypse Pseudo-Jerome, Handbook on the Apocalypse Alcuin of York, Question and Answer Manual on the Apocalypse Part 3 Historical Interpretations of the Seven Seals Joachim of Fiore, On the Seven Seals Vital du Four, Commentaries on the Apocalypse The Confession of Prous Boneta Peter Auriol, Compendium on Holy Scripture Giovanni Nanni, Gloss on the Apocalypse Notes Bibliography

Francis X. Gumerlock teaches historical theology and Latin in Colorado. His research interests include eschatology and church history.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 110 pages
 215mm x 139mm

BIC Code:
 Medieval Institute Publications


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