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Bede: 'On the Nature of Things' and 'On Times'
     

Bede: 'On the Nature of Things' and 'On Times'

by Calvin B. Kendall (Translator), Faith Wallis (Translator)
 

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The Venerable Bede composed On the Nature of Things (De natura rerum) and On Times (De temporibus) at the outset of his career, about AD 703. Bede fashioned himself as a teacher to his people and his age, and these two short works show him selecting, editing, and clarifying a mass of difficult and sometimes dangerous material. He insisted that his reader understand

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The Venerable Bede composed On the Nature of Things (De natura rerum) and On Times (De temporibus) at the outset of his career, about AD 703. Bede fashioned himself as a teacher to his people and his age, and these two short works show him selecting, editing, and clarifying a mass of difficult and sometimes dangerous material. He insisted that his reader understand the mathematical and physical basis of time, and though he was dependent on his textual sources, he also included observations of his own. But Bede was also a Christian exegete who thought deeply and earnestly about how salvation-history connected to natural history and the history of the peoples of the earth. To comprehend his religious mentality, we have to take on board his views on "science"- and vice versa. On the Nature of Things is a survey of cosmology. Starting with Creation and the universe as a whole, Bede reads the cosmos downwards from the heavens, through the atmosphere, to the oceans and rivers of earth. This order (recapit

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University of Cambridge

“Accurate, elegant, utterly clear and easily accessible, even for readers who lack expertise in the relevant disciplines. The commentaries and appendices shed floods of light on Bede’s mental processes and expertise, and will represent a very significant landmark in Bedan studies.”—Michael Lapidge, University of Cambridge

— Michael Lapidge

University of Cambridge - Michael Lapidge
“Accurate, elegant, utterly clear and easily accessible, even for readers who lack expertise in the relevant disciplines. The commentaries and appendices shed floods of light on Bede’s mental processes and expertise, and will represent a very significant landmark in Bedan studies.”

Isis - Scott DeGregorio
“Like the other Bede translations in the Liverpool University Press’s Translated Texts for Historians series, this one is invaluable for its illuminating introduction, which gracefully and articulately places the primary texts within their essential contexts….The translation itself is extremely well produced: it stays close to the Latin yet employs the best in modern idioms….Scholars of Bede and the early Middle Ages will read these works with great interest for the light they throw on the organization of Bede’s thought and the larger trajectory of his biblical vision; historians of science, meanwhile, will enjoy having in so inviting a volume translations of two early medieval works that had a strong hold on understandings of chronology and cosmology up till modern times.”  

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846314957
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
Publication date:
02/15/2011
Series:
Liverpool University Press - Translated Texts for Historians Series
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Calvin B. Kendall is Professor of English Emeritus, University of Minnesota. Faith Wallis is Associate Professor of History, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

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