The Christian Tradition in Anglo-Saxon England (Christianity and Culture Issues in Teaching and Research Series): Approaches to Current Scholarship and Teaching

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A unique and important contribution to both teaching and scholarship. Professor Elaine Treharne, University of Leicester. This is a collection of essays exploring a wide array of sources that show the importance of Christian ideas and influences in Anglo-Saxon England. The range of treatment is exceptionally diverse. Some of the essays develop new approaches to familiar texts, such as Beowulf, The Wanderer and The Seafarer; others deal with less familiar texts and genres to illustrate the role of Christian ideas ...

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Overview

A unique and important contribution to both teaching and scholarship. Professor Elaine Treharne, University of Leicester. This is a collection of essays exploring a wide array of sources that show the importance of Christian ideas and influences in Anglo-Saxon England. The range of treatment is exceptionally diverse. Some of the essays develop new approaches to familiar texts, such as Beowulf, The Wanderer and The Seafarer; others deal with less familiar texts and genres to illustrate the role of Christian ideas in a variety of contexts, from preaching to remembrance of the dead, and from the court of King Cnut to the monastic library. Some of the essays are informative, providing essential background material for understanding the nature of the Bible, or the distinction between monastic and cleric in Anglo-Saxon England; others provide concise surveys of material evidence or genres; others still show how themes can be used in constructing and evaluating courses teaching the tradition. Contributors: GRAHAM CAIE, PAUL CAVILL, CATHERINE CUBITT, JUDITH JESCH, RICHARD MARSDEN, ELISABETH OKASHA, BARBARA C. RAW, PHILIPPA SEMPER, DABNEY BANKERT, SANTHA BHATTACHARJI, HUGH MAGENNIS, MARY SWAN, JONATHAN M. WOODING.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
General Editors' Preface
List of Contributors
Abbreviations
Introduction
1 Codicological Clues: Reading Old English Christian Poetry in its Manuscript Context 1
2 Christianity and Theology in Beowulf 15
3 Images of St. Peter: The Clergy and the Religious Life in Anglo-Saxon England 41
4 Scandinavians and 'Cultural Paganism' in Late Anglo-Saxon England 55
5 Wrestling with the Bible: Textual Problems for the Scholar and Student 69
6 Memorial Stones or Grave-stones? 91
7 Pictures: The Books of the Unlearned? 103
8 Doctrine and Diagrams: Maintaining the Order of the World in Byrhtferth's Enchiridion 121
9 Medieval Conversion Narratives: Research Problems and Pedagogical Opportunities 141
10 An Approach to Christian Aspects of The Wanderer and The Seafarer 153
11 Approaches to Saints' Lives 163
12 Men oa leofestan: Genre, the Canon, and the Old English Homiletic Tradition 185
13 Some Issues in the Teaching of Insular Medieval Theology 193
Index 205
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