Rewriting the Old Testament in Anglo-Saxon Verse: Becoming the Chosen People (BOK)

Samantha Zacher

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The Bible played a crucial role in shaping Anglo-Saxon national and cultural identity. However, access to Biblical texts was necessarily limited to very few individuals in Medieval England. In this book, Samantha Zacher explores how the very earliest English Biblical poetry creatively adapted, commented on and spread Biblical narratives and traditions to the wider population. Systematically surveying the manuscripts of surviving poems, the book shows how these vernacular poets commemorated the Hebrews as God's 'chosen people' and claimed the inheritance of that status for Anglo-Saxon England. Drawing on contemporary translation theory, the book undertakes close readings of the poems Exodus, Daniel and Judith in order to examine their methods of adaptation for their particular theologico-political circumstances and the way they portray and problematize Judaeo-Christian religious identities.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Samantha Zacher
Forlag
Macmillan DMACDIS Orphans
ISBN 9781441134776
Antall sider 208 Dimensjoner 13,8cm x 21,6cm x 1,8cm
Vekt 382 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Literary studies: classical, early & medieval, Biblical studies & exegesis, Literary studies: poetry & poets

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