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Text of Old Testament Anglo-Saxon (Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England) Paperback – 21 Aug 2008
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"Marsden concludes that the history of the Old Testament text in Anglo-Saxon England not only reflects the intellectual history of the period but is part of it." New Testament Abstracts
"An impressive feat of sustained scholarship and rigorous thinking, The Text of the Old Testament in Anglo-Saxon England is a major contribution to Anglo-Saxon studies. The book is remarkably error-free considering its length and complexity; it is handsomely produced in the usual Cambridge style, with useful indices of manuscript and scriptural citations." Envoi
"...this study will remain the authoritative examination of its topic. It is recommended with great enthusiasm to paleographers, historians of exegesis, biblical-textual historians, and historians of Anglo-Saxon England." Kevin Madigan, Church History
"The prose is lucid, the scope comprehensive, and the organization well conceived. Marsden's learning is wide, and deep..." J.R. Hall, Speculum
"This learned, meticulous, and beautifully printed volume provides scholars with an authoritative guide to the texts of the Vulgate Old Testament that were available in Anglo-Saxon England and the relationships between them. It is a work of exmeplary clarity from its initial assignation of sigla to the twenty extant manuscripts and numerous fragments to its detailed critical textual analysis of all parts of the extant texts and the helpful historical and cultural background provided for each manuscript and fragment. ...Richard Marsden's study extends not just to extant manuscripts but also to what can be deduced from the scriptual quotations in the leading Anglo-Saxon exegetical , hagiographical, and historical works and to the texts that underly the surviving Old English translations of books of the Old Testament." N.P. Brooks, American Historical Review
This 1995 book is a study of the transmission of the Vulgate Old Testament in Anglo-Saxon England. Richard Marsden examines the historical context of the dissemination of the scriptures, and analyses twenty surviving Latin manuscripts and further translations of scripture into Old English.See all Product description
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25 April 2017
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I have not yet finished reading this - it is a pretty substantial book. What I have read seems to prove conclusively that the Latin Bible in Britain was used in the same way as on the Continent, and in terms of sustaining an accurate text experienced that same problems on 'contamination' from the various versions of the Vetus Latina, as the continental Bibles. The author has so far outlined how the Bible was used - that a full Bible was a rare thing. Most churches had part Bibles, that is either the Gospels, the Letters, the Pentateuch or Octateuch, a major prophet or perhaps all three, and the minor prophets. Many churches would have accessed the rest via summaries, and poetic or hymns, often illustrated by the visual imagery within the church. The Saxon Bible had an advantage in that the Gregorian mission would have used the Vulgate text, but even with this head start, it is likely that the texts they brought over varied to some degree from each other. Marsden points out one major area of contamination from the Vetus Latina, namely the Doctors of the Church. Each church would have a collection of letters, and sermons by Augustine, Jerome and Ambrose, and all of these, even Jerome were educated using the Vetus Latina, so when they quoted the Bible they more often than not do so, quoting the African or Italian version of the Old Bible. Marsden seems to identify two 'schools' of text writing, a Southhumbrian and Northumbrian, with scriptoria at Canterbury and Monwearmouth-Wallsend. There are later chapters on the work of Alcuin, who Marsden contends was not the sole or even major reviser of the Carolingian Bible, and other chapters on the Bible in the late Saxon period. From what I can see this will be the definitive work on the Anglo-Saxon Bible for some time.
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