Preaching Apocrypha in Anglo-Saxon England [Hardback]

Brandon Hawk (Author)

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ISBN: 9781487503055 | Published by: University of Toronto Press | Series: Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English 272p,

Preaching Apocrypha in Anglo-Saxon England


Preaching Apocrypha in Anglo-Saxon England is the first in-depth study of Christian apocrypha focusing specifically on the use of extra-biblical narratives in Old English sermons. The work contributes to our understanding of both the prevalence and importance of apocrypha in vernacular preaching, by assessing various preaching texts from Continental and Anglo-Saxon Latin homiliaries, as well as vernacular collections like the Vercelli Book, the Blickling Book, �lfric's Catholic Homilies and other manuscripts from the tenth through twelfth centuries. Vernacular sermons were part of a media ecology that included Old English poetry, legal documents, liturgical materials, and visual arts. Situating Old English preaching within this network establishes the range of contexts, purposes, and uses of apocrypha for diverse groups in Anglo-Saxon society: cloistered religious, secular clergy, and laity, including both men and women. Apocryphal narratives did not merely survive on the margins of culture, but thrived at the heart of mainstream Anglo-Saxon Christianity.

Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsAbbreviationsIntroduction: Seeking Out Gold in the Mud Chapter 1: Homiliaries, Apocrypha, and Preaching NetworksChapter 2: Apostles, Trinity, and Reform in Blickling 15Chapter 3: �lfric and Correct DoctrineChapter 4: Translating Jesus in Text and ImageChapter 5: A Network Microcosm in Bodley 343 Conclusion: Mediating TraditionExcursus on TerminologyAppendices

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