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Paradiso by Dante Alighieri
" Thank you, Ginnie. Regarding paradise, etc., you may try the following. My editorial office produces a theological journal called Affirmation & Cr ...more "
The Doré Illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy by Gustave Doré
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A nice visual supplement to the Divine Comedy. Dante's masterful poetry excels in invoking the detailed imagery of heaven, hell, and purgatory. Dore's woodcuts are just a little icing on the cake.
Paradiso by Dante Alighieri
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To the cry of "Gloria in excelsis," the purged soul ascends from Mt. Purgatory to paradise. Dante's masterpiece of extra-canonical theology completes with his distinctly transcendent view of heaven.
Dorothy L. Sayers's verse translation and notes brin
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The Divine Comedy II by Dante Alighieri
The Divine Comedy II: Purgatory
by Dante Alighieri
recommended for: Everyone
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Dorothy L. Sayers calls Purgatory the "tenderest, subtlest, and most human" section" of the Divine Comedy. Her verse translation and many notes reveal her own passion for Dante Theologus.
The Divine Comedy I by Dante Alighieri
The Divine Comedy I: Hell
by Dante Alighieri
recommended for: Everyone
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Catholic dogma defined the official teaching of heaven, hell, and purgatory, but it was Dante's mythopoeic theology that wrought the popular, de facto imagery of the afterlife into the blood of Western civilization. His unscriptural, extra-canonical ...more
Puritans, the Millennium and the Future of Israel by Peter Toon, ed.
Puritans, the Millennium and the Future of Israel
by Peter Toon, ed.
recommended for: Historians and theologians
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This is an insightful collection of essays on the Puritan contribution to the study of millennialism in English theology, from 1600 to 1660.
Teach Yourself Irish Complete Course Package [With 2 CDs] by Diarmuid Ó Sé
Teach Yourself Irish Complete Course Package [With 2 CDs]
by Diarmuid Ó Sé
recommended for: People named Sean O'Leary
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I didn't think I could handle this one, and I find that I'm right about that. I really only wanted to know how to pronounce the names. It takes long enough to learn that Siobhán O'Laoghaire is simply "Sean O'Leary," not S O'L.
The City of God by Augustine of Hippo
The City of God (Modern Library Classics)
by Augustine of Hippo
recommended for: Historians and theologians
read in April, 2006
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All right, I didn't read the whole thing, but I devoured Books XX and XXI. Their historical significance is in providing the foundations of the classical view of Biblical eschatology. Augustine's systematic thinking works toward solving the problem o ...more
The Birth of Purgatory by Jacques Le Goff
The Birth of Purgatory
by Jacques Le Goff
recommended for: Historians and theologians
read in October, 2005
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This is the best book of its type I have ever read. Le Goff masterfully puts together the story of the development of the doctrine of purgatory, beginning from the Alexandrian church fathers and bringing us all the way to high-medieval scholars and c ...more
The Saga of the Volsungs by Anonymous
The Saga of the Volsungs: The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer
by Anonymous
recommended for: Classicists and scary Germans
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A long introduction and endnotes frame this translation of the classic that inspired Wagner's opera, Tolkien's ring saga, and all too many Deutschland-uber-alles people.
You remember Wagner, right? "Kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit..."
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