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Dá brón flatha nime‘Two sorrows of the kingdom of heaven’

  • Middle Irish
  • Irish religious texts
Middle Irish tract about the prophets Enoch and Elijah.
Kenney describes the text as follows:

The two sorrows of the kingdom of heaven are the prophets Enoch and Elias, who have passed thither with their mortal bodies and are awaiting the end of time when they may die. The piece has much value as a source for the religious ideas of the time, especially the idea of Anti-Christ. As in the other writings of this class, the author worked from the basis of certain European Latin works: here probably the pseudo-Hippolyte De consummatio mundi, the pseudo-Augustine De Antichristo, and the Libellus de Antichristo of Adso of Montiér-en-Der, sometimes attributed to Alcuin. The text, apparently, was written in the eleventh century.(1)n. 1 James F. Kenney, The sources for the early history of Ireland: an introduction and guide. Volume 1: ecclesiastical (1966): 738, no. 614.

Language
  • Middle Irish
Date
eleventh century (Kenney)

Classification

Irish religious texts

Subject tags

Enoch [prophet]Enoch ... prophet
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Elijah [prophet]Elijah ... prophet
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Enoch and ElijahEnoch and Elijah
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Sources

Notes

Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] [tr.] Volmering, Nicole [ed. and tr.], “Dá brón flatha nime: a semi-diplomatic edition, translation and verbal analysis of version LL fol. 280a-281a”, M.Phil dissertation: Trinity College, Dublin, 2009.
[ed.] [tr.] Dottin, Georges [ed. and French tr.], “Les deux chagrins du royaume du ciel”, Revue Celtique 21 (1900): 349–387.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
[tr.] Herbert, Máire [tr.], “The two sorrows of the kingdom of heaven”, in: Herbert, Máire, and Martin McNamara (eds.), Irish biblical Apocrypha: selected texts in translation, Edinburgh: Clark, 1989. 19–21.

Secondary sources (select)

Kenney, James F., “Chapter VII: Religious literature and ecclesiastical culture”, in: Kenney, James F., The sources for the early history of Ireland: an introduction and guide. Volume 1: ecclesiastical, Records of Civilization: Sources and Studies 11, Revised ed. (1929), New York: Octagon, 1966. 622–744.
738 (§ 614) [id. 614.]
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