Anonymous: Christ III

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Christ III (also known as Christ C or Judgement Day), normally numbered lines 867-1664, is the third poem appearing in the Exeter Book (fols. 20b-32a). With the Second Coming and the Last Judgement as central topics, this work has been generally acknowledged as a logical coda for the Christ triad. In fact, just as Revelation offers a suitable end for the New Testament, the account of Doomsday offered in Christ III effectively closes the threefold sequence of poems, as it entails the accomplishment of the divine plan for mankind’s Redemption. As scholars have pointed out, the combination of the concepts of Advent, Ascension and Judgement is also illustrated in Blickling Homily 7, a notion which …

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Salvador-Bello, Mercedes. "Christ III". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 January 2004
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