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Gerard O'Daly

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263950

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263950.001.0001

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The Burial of the Dead (Cath. 10)

The Burial of the Dead (Cath. 10)

(p.291) 10 The Burial of the Dead (Cath. 10)
Days Linked by Song

Gerard O'Daly

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the themes of the poem: body and soul and their separation in death; Christian care for burial rites and tombs; belief in human bodily resurrection; the perfection of the resurrected body in heaven; Christians should not indulge in mourning; death is renewal of life; Lazarus and Dives; Tobit's piety in burying a stranger and his reward, the cure of his blindness; and life as exile and death as a return to the birthplace, paradise.

Keywords:   death, burial rites, tombs, resurrection, mourning, Lazarus-Dives, Tobit, exile motif, paradise, soul-body relation

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