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Rewriting the Old Testament in Anglo-Saxon Verse

Rewriting the Old Testament in Anglo-Saxon Verse

Becoming the Chosen People

by Professor Samantha Zacher
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Publication Date: 28/11/2013
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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.
ISBN:
9781441134776
9781441134776
Category:
Literary studies: poetry & poets
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
28-11-2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
208
Dimensions (mm):
216x138x18mm
Weight:
0.43kg

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