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The Old English Hexateuch: Aspects and Approaches

The Old English Hexateuch: Aspects and Approaches

by Rebecca Barnhouse
     
 

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Cotton Claudius B.iv, an illustrated Old English Hexateuch that is among the treasures of the British Library, contains one of the first extended projects of translation of the Bible in a European vernacular. Its over four hundred images make it one of the most extensively illustrated books to survive from the early Middle Ages and preserve evidence of the creativity

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Cotton Claudius B.iv, an illustrated Old English Hexateuch that is among the treasures of the British Library, contains one of the first extended projects of translation of the Bible in a European vernacular. Its over four hundred images make it one of the most extensively illustrated books to survive from the early Middle Ages and preserve evidence of the creativity of the Anglo-Saxon artist and his knowledge of other important early medieval picture cycles. In addition, the manuscript contains the earliest copy of Aelfric's Preface to Genesis, a work that discusses issues of translation and interpretation.

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British and American scholars explore aspects of the heavily illustrated 11th-century manuscript that contains one of the first efforts at translating the Bible into a European vernacular, and the earliest known cop of Aelfric's Preface to Genesis. The topics include shaping the text for an Anglo-Saxon audience, assessing the liturgical canticles, and laughter in Genesis and the Old English tradition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580440509
Publisher:
Medieval Institute Publications
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Richard Rawlinson Center Series
Pages:
373

Meet the Author

Rebecca Barnhouse is a professor at Youngstown State University and has published children's literature in addition to medieval scholarship. Benjamin C. Withers is a professor of art history at the University of Kentucky and the director of university's Honor Program.

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