Old English Biblical Verse: Studies in Genesis, Exodus and Daniel

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This is the first extended study of the Old Testament poems of the Junius collection as a group. The circumstances surrounding their composition and transmission are mysterious: none has been ascribed to a named author and none attributed reliably to the period of the development of Anglo-Saxon Christian poetry, from the seventh to tenth centuries. Old English Biblical Verse seeks to breach this critical impasse by allowing the biblical content of the Junius poems to tell its own story. Paul G. Remley compares them with genuine early medieval texts, of the books of Genesis, Exodus and Daniel, that are most likely to have circulated in Anglo-Saxon centres as written, oral and mnemonic texts. He sets out the full range of variants, including distinctive readings associated with continuous texts of Old Latin scripture and other non-Vulgate sources, such as liturgical lections and catechetical paraphrases. Remley also offers engaging exercises in hermeneutic and reader-response criticism and provides new insights into the cultural history of the Anglo-Saxons. The book brings to light a wide range of neglected early medieval biblical materials and the introductory chapter reviews five centuries of Anglo-Saxon history. All citations of Old English, Latin and Greek texts are accompanied by modern English translations, rendering the book accessible to general readers as well as specialists.
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"...this study is a model of literary research. With its critical summary of previous studies and its judicious, incisive, and pioneering insights, it is certain to generate further research....Excellent translations help make this scholarly work stimulating reading for expert and layperson alike." J.H.Sims, Choice

"Old English Biblical Verse is not only an excellent scholarly study of a difficult book of texts but also an introduction to the treasures that the intersection of these two cultures brought forth." Gerald J. Russello, Christianity and Literature

"...there is much to learn from the collateral material in this book...." A. D. Doane, Jrnl of English & Germanic Philology

"This careful work provokes important questions in various fields and should prove invaluable not only for continued source study but also for many other forms of literary, historical, and religious scholarship." Susan M. Kim, Journal of Religion

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Table of Contents

List of tables
Preface
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 The biblical sources of Genesis A and B 94
3 Exodus and the liturgy of baptism 168
4 Daniel and Greek scriptural tradition 231
5 The renditions of Oratio Azariae and Canticum trium puerorum in Daniel 334
6 Conclusion 435
Bibliography 448
Index 464
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