Bede: On Genesis

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The Venerable Bede—theologian, historian, and scientific cosmologist—played an undeniable role in laying the foundations of the modern world. From his quantitative approach to questions of science to his introduction of the Anno Domini system of dating and his critical methods of biblical analysis, Bede both anticipated and influenced our modern ways of thinking. Bede: On Genesis is the first English-language translation of Bede’s Latin commentary on the book of Genesis—the opening chapters of which he regarded ...

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Overview

The Venerable Bede—theologian, historian, and scientific cosmologist—played an undeniable role in laying the foundations of the modern world. From his quantitative approach to questions of science to his introduction of the Anno Domini system of dating and his critical methods of biblical analysis, Bede both anticipated and influenced our modern ways of thinking. Bede: On Genesis is the first English-language translation of Bede’s Latin commentary on the book of Genesis—the opening chapters of which he regarded as the foundational narrative of the world and through which he derived the theoretical basis for his scientific treaties and his notion of the English as the chosen people of God. Accompanied by an informative introduction that makes Bede’s commentary accessible to anyone with an interest in his work, this volume is an essential contribution to ecclesiastical history.

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Calvin B. Kendall is professor emeritus of English at the University of Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
 
Introduction
 Bede's audience
 Bede's methodology: literal interpretation of the Bible and Noah's flood
 Bede's methodology: allegorical exegesis
 The thematic structure of On Genesis
 Jews and Saracens
 Bede's cosmology: the six days of creation
 Bede's religious thought
 The two versions of On Genesis
 Rethinking the date(s) of On Genesis
 Jones's edition of On Genesis and the present translation
 Catalogue of manuscripts and editions of On Genesis
 
On Genesis
 Preface
 Book One
 Book Two
 Book Three
 Book Four
 
Appendix 1: Plummer's argument for the year 720 defended
Appendix 2: Textual corrections and emendations
 
Bibliography
Index of sources and parallels
 

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