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Harrowing of Hell

Harrowing of Hell

Brief survey from Gospel of Nicodemus to cycle drama, where the Harrowing is a “mirror of changing doctrine on the Redemption.” Typically a vehicle for three themes – of imprisonment and release of Joseph of Arimathea and Christ’s lineage, of fulfillment of prophecies, and of the Redemption – in PPl as in cycle drama it becomes a “forum for a debate between Christ and the devils on the justice of freeing the souls in hell.”


Szarmach, et al., Medieval England. 341.

Cross Reference



Marx, William