Prognosticum futuri saeculi

What happens when we die? Can the dead “see” what’s happening on earth? What will we be like in our resurrected bodies? Do the souls in paradise know about the souls in hell? What about purgatory? These and other questions about the afterlife have fascinated Christians since the earliest times. Julian (642-690), Bishop of Toledo in Spain, was the first theologian to compile a systematic treatise on Christian eschatology. He did not advance his own theories but instead drew on and synthesized the wisdom of the Sacred Scripture and of Church Fathers before him and thereby made their thought available to a wide readership; before long, copies of Julian’s Prognosticum had made their way into libraries all over Medieval Europe.

Seventh-century Spain, in which the traditional Hispanic-Roman and the new Visigothic cultures both blended and competed, was a fascinating era in the history of the Iberian Church.

Translator and editor in English and in Italian Tommaso Stancati O.P. provides, in addition to his translation of the Prognosticum, a magisterial four-chapter introduction to Julian’s life and times along with a complete theological commentary and  extensive and detailed notes.

Author: 
Giuliano di Toledo
Published in: 
2010
Translated in Italian by:
with title: Il preannuncio del mondo che verrĂ