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on 29 April 2013
This collection really does what it says in the title: provide a collection of 6 of Bede's works from the Bible.
These are: On the Holy Places (one of Bede's earliest works, mainly based on Adamnan's work of the same name, with very little original content), On the Resting Places (a discussion of the wanderings of the Israelites in Numbers 33), On What Isaiah Says (a response to a question by Bishop Acca, based on Isaiah 24:22), On Tobias (a commentary on the entire book), Thirty Questions on the Book of Kings (which for Bede included 1+2 Samuel as well as 1+2 Kings) and On Eight Questions (a miscellany of answers to 8 Qs).

Overall, the quality of this work is great. It is thoroughly cross-referenced with other verses from scripture as well as Bede's other commentaries and the work of modern scholars. Each work is introduced and explained by one of the authors, with comments on dating and provenance. The Preface by Benedicta Ward is also interesting overview reading of Bede's life.

The only downside is that there has been a lot of scholarly work done since this was published in 1999, as well as many new translations from the Liverpool Translated Texts for Historians series, and it could do with an updated bibliography. Nevertheless, this is a definite purchase for the scholar of Bede.
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