IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1601: Doing it by the Book: Old English Biblical Verse

Thursday 13 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
Organiser:Andy Orchard, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
Moderator/Chair:Andy Orchard, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
Paper 1601-aThe Intertextuality of Genesis B
(Language: English)
Michael Fox, Department of English & Film Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Old English, Literacy and Orality
Paper 1601-bAllegorical Transactions in the Old English Exodus
(Language: English)
Manish Sharma, Department of English, Concordia University
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Old English, Literacy and Orality
Paper 1601-cIn the Lion's Den: Prophecy and Punishment in the Old English Daniel
(Language: English)
Samantha Zacher, Department of English, Cornell University
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Old English, Literacy and Orality
Abstract

The Bible was the staple text of Anglo-Saxon England; but it also provided inspiration for some of its earliest and most enduring verse. Latin biblical poetry was widely taught in Anglo-Saxon schools, and here we explore the various ways in which Anglo-Saxons sought to render the Bible into the traditional and inherited vernacular vehicle of Old English verse. The papers focus on three of the major surviving Old English biblical poems, all preserved in the so so-called Junius manuscript, itself one of the four major surviving poetic codices, and offer individually and collectively important insights into an under-appreciated genre of Old English verse.