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Hell In The Latin Vision Of Ezra

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The Latin Vision of Ezra belongs to the tradition of Jewish and Christian apocalypses in which a visionary is taken to view the punishments of the wicked in hell and the rewards of the righteous in paradise. Two such apocalypses were translated from Greek into Latin and were read in the medieval West. The most popular of these two was the Apocalypse of Paul. The other was the Latin Vision of Ezra, which, like the Apocalypse of Paul, was redacted in the medieval period and is extant in four recensions of varying length. Both influenced the descriptions of the otherworld that appear in the many medieval visions attributed to named medieval people. The relationship between the Latin Vision of Ezra, and the Greek Apocalypse of Ezra and the Apocalypse of Sedrach, shows that the long recension is the most original form.

Keywords: Apocalypse of Paul; hell; medieval West; Vision of Ezra



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