the first poem of the Exeter
Book is in fact one with three sections or rather three individual
poems has been the subject of much dispute, as has the question of the
author. Even though Cynewulf solves this question for the second part
with his signature, this does not necessarily prove that all three parts
stem from this author.
|Whichever way the poem is looked at, Christ III forms the third part of a Christ cycle. After the Advent in Christ I and the Ascension in Christ II, this third part is concerned with the Parousia, set amongst the signs of the last days, the Judgement and the heavenly kingdom as well as eternal damnation.|
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