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Death, Terminable and Interminable: St. Erkenwald

Death, Terminable and Interminable: St. Erkenwald

Chapter:
(p.171) Chapter Nine Death, Terminable and Interminable: St. Erkenwald
Source:
Arts of Dying
Author(s):
D. Vance Smith
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226641041.003.0010

The uncorrupted body of a just pagan found in the foundation of St. Paul's Cathedral in St. Erkenwald extends the theological and philosophical exploration of death and salvation from Piers Plowman. The undeciphered inscription on the tomb is a resonant figure of the literally cryptic nature of death.

Keywords:   St. Erkenwald, crypt, just pagan, theology of salvation, theology of salvation, philosophy of language

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