The Saxon Savior: The Germanic Transformation of the Gospel in the Ninth-Century Heliand / Edition 1

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Overview

This study is an interpretation and appreciation of the art of the Heliand, the 9th-century Saxon epic poem in which the Christian Gospel of the four evangelists is reexpressed in Germanic terms. Murphy examines in detail the ingenious and sensitive poetic analogies through which familiar texts - the Nativity, the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes and the Lord's Prayer, the Passion and Resurrection - are transformed into Germanic settings and concepts. The first book in English on the Heliand, this study offers a new socio-political explanation of the possible motives of the unknown Heliand author in undertaking this enormous and brilliantly realized poetic task.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195097207
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/19/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

G. Ronald Murphy, S.J., is translator of The Heliand (Oxford, 1992) and author of Brecht and the Bible. He is Associate Professor of German at Georgetown University.

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Table of Contents

1 A German Christ? 3
2 Jesus is Drohtin 11
3 Birth and Doom 33
4 Peter's Longboat 57
5 The Lord of the Runes 75
6 The Final Battle: Captivam duxit captivitatem 95
Afterword 119
Select Bibliography 123
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2003

    Essential

    This book is absolutely essential for any student of Old Saxon history, language, and culture. Murphy's insight into the pre-Christian world view of the ancient Saxon peoples is quite profound.

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