Apocryphal Texts and Traditions in Anglo-Saxon England ( Publications of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies)

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Apocrypha and apocryphal traditions in Anglo-Saxon England have been often referred to but little studied. This collection fills a gap in the study of pre-Conquest England by considering what were the boundaries between apocryphal and orthodox in the period and what uses the Anglo-Saxons made of apocryphal materials. The contributors include some of the most well-known and respected scholars in the field. The introduction - written by Frederick M. Biggs, one of the principal editors of Sources of Anglo-Saxon ...
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Cambridge, UK 2003 Hardbound Very Good Octavo, brown cloth with gold lettering on the spine, paper label on the front board, xii, 170 pp., a few b/w images, index. Publications ... of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies. Articles are "An Introduction and Overview of Recent Work, " Frederick M. Biggs, "'The Apocalypse of Thomas': Some New Latin Texts and their Significance for the Old English Versions, " Charles D. Wright, Aelfric and the Epistle to the Laodocians, " Thomas N. Hall, "The 'Versus Sibyllae de die iudicii' in Anglo-Saxon Englands, " Patrizia Lendinara, "Apostolic 'Passiones' in Early Anglo-Saxon England, " Aideen M. O'Leary, "The Fall of the Angles in 'Solomon and Saturn II, " Daniel Anlezark, "The Book of Enoch and Anglo-Saxon Art, " Elizabeth Coatsworth, "Judgement and Salvation in the New Minster Liber Vitae, " Catherine E. Karkov, "The Apocrypha in Anglo-Saxon England: The Challenge of Changing Distinctions, " Joyce Hill. Read more Show Less

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Apocrypha and apocryphal traditions in Anglo-Saxon England have been often referred to but little studied. This collection fills a gap in the study of pre-Conquest England by considering what were the boundaries between apocryphal and orthodox in the period and what uses the Anglo-Saxons made of apocryphal materials. The contributors include some of the most well-known and respected scholars in the field. The introduction - written by Frederick M. Biggs, one of the principal editors of Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture - expertly situates the essays within the field of apocrypha studies. The essays themselves cover a broad range of topics: both vernacular and Latin texts, those available in Anglo-Saxon England and those actually written there, and the uses of apocrypha in art as well as literature. Additionally, the book includes a number of completely new editions of apocryphal texts which were previously unpublished or difficult to access. By presenting these new texts along with the accompanying range of essays, the collection aims to retrieve these apocryphal traditions from the margins of scholarship and restore to them some of the importance they held for the Anglo-Saxons. Contributors: DANIEL ANLEZARK, FREDERICK M. BIGGS, ELIZABETH COATSWORTH, THOMAS N. HALL, JOYCE HILL, CATHERINE KARKOV, PATRIZIA LENDINARA, AIDEEN O'LEARY, CHARLES D. WRIGHT.
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Represents a fine addition to Boydell & Brewer's stable of recent publications. The book's usefulness for several disciplines demands its inclusion in university libraries. JOURNAL for the STUDY of the PSEUDEPIGRAPHAOffers judicious, scholarly and often-valuable studies of individual texts and traditions in Latin and vernacular clerical texts and in Anglo-Saxon art. SPECULUM
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Contributors
Preface
Abbreviations
1 An Introduction and Overview of Recent Work 1
2 The Apocalypse of Thomas: Some New Latin Texts and their Significance for the Old English Versions 27
3 Aelfric and the Epistle to the Laodicians 65
4 The Versus Sibyllae de die iudicii in Anglo-Saxon England 85
5 Apostolic Passiones in Early Anglo-Saxon England 103
6 The Fall of the Angels in Solomon and Saturn II 121
7 The Book of Enoch and Anglo-Saxon Art 135
8 Judgement and Salvation in the New Minster Liber Vitae 151
9 The Apocrypha in Anglo-Saxon England: The Challenge of Changing Distinctions 165
Index 169
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