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Harrowing of Hell

"Out of our midst he plucked the shadeof our first parent, of Abel his son, of Noah,and of Moses, obedient in giving laws,the patriarch Abraham, and David the king,Israel with his father and his sons,and with Rachel, for whom he served so long,as well as many others, and he made them blessed.And, I would have you know, before theseno human souls were saved."Virgil to Dante, Inferno IV, 55-63, Hollander translationI thought this might go well with Michael Peppard's post on East Cocker and Robert Imbelli's post on Ratzinger.On Wednesday I'll have my first post up at Verdicts about Inferno I-VI. I look forward to starting our discussion then.

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I am really looking forward to reading this with you as part of my celebration of the fifty days of Easter

Medieval illuminators put bishops and clergy in hell at 34 AD (admittedly the chronology is confusing) but, mirabile dictu, there's hope even for them - at least some have been freed by Christ:http://utu.morganlibrary.org/medren/SubjectSearchSinglePage.cfm?page=ICA... medieval images of the Harrowing of Hell from the Morgan Library:http://utu.morganlibrary.org/medren/SubjectSearchList.cfm?DIV1=Christ&DI...

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Scott D. Moringiello is a Lawrence C. Gallen fellow in the Humanities at Villanova University, where he teaches the Augustine and Culture Seminar and courses in the theology department.