Exegesis of the Apocalypse in the Tenth Century

Interpretation of the Book of Revelation in the early Middle Ages has received much scholarly attention, especially the commentaries from the sixth through ninth centuries. Did you ever wonder how Christians in the tenth century interpreted Revelation? My essay, entitled “Exegesis of the Apocalypse in the Tenth Century,” was recently published as Chapter 8 in the Cambridge Companion to Apocalyptic Literature edited by Colin McAllister.

Early Latin Commentaries on the Apocalypse by Francis X. Gumerlock

The article examines three texts from the tenth century: the Commentary on the Apocalypse by Arethas of Caesarea, the Catechesis Celtica, and an anonymous Gloss on the Apocalypse of John. At this time none of these texts are available in English translation. The chapter explains the provenance and purpose of each text, provide summaries and details of their contents, along with excerpts from them in English. The chapter ends with a translation of the entire anonymous Gloss on the Apocalypse of John.

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