By George Hardin Brown

The Venerable Bede is an important determine for Anglo-Saxonists, arguably an important, recognized personality from the interval. A pupil of overseas status from an early interval of the Anglo-Saxon church [c.672-732], he used to be the writer not just of the well known Ecclesiastical background of the English People, but in addition of scriptural commentaries, hagiographies, clinical works, admonitory letters, and poetry. This booklet presents an informative, complete, and updated consultant to Bede and his writings, underlining particularly his significance within the improvement of ecu heritage and tradition. It areas Bede in his modern Northumbria and early Anglo-Saxon England, dedicates person chapters to his works, and encompasses a bankruptcy on Bede's legacy for next background.

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The books of the Bible Bede chooses to interpret, often in response to a request, are of two types: those books that were already favorites of the Fathers, such as Genesis and Luke, and those that were largely ignored by earlier exegetes, such as Ezra and Nehemiah and New Testament Catholic Epistles. Both filled pedagogical needs; the former display Bede’s talents as a monastic adapter and editor, and the latter testify to Bede’s originality within the exegetical tradition. With the former he organizes and simplifies the best of the Fathers’ comments for his English students, while interspersing his own commentary; with the latter, he provides his own exegesis as a supplement to the patristic legacy and emphasizes themes of personal concern, such as the reform of the Northumbrian Church.

Bede’s sources are noted in the footnotes, where M. H. King has also provided the commentaries and glosses of Remigius [Remy] of Auxerre. Despite the title of Kendall’s translation, Bede considered his treatise a part of grammar, not rhetoric; see Gabriel Knappe, “Classical Rhetoric in Anglo-Saxon England,” ASE 27 (1998): 5–29 at 17. 2 (2005): 149–70; also Robert B. Palmer, “Bede as Textbook Writer: A Study of his De arte metrica,” Speculum 34 (1959): 573–84; Holtz, Donat, p. 349. 22 The work concludes with chapter 25, on three genres of poetry.

40 Reworking Isidore of Seville’s Liber rotarum (also called De natura rerum) and pseudo-Isidore’s De ordine creaturarum, Bede created a new text, which also incorporates much from the first half of the Roman encyclopedist Pliny’s Natural History, carefully edited and re-ordered. As was his frequent custom (rare in the Middle Ages) in his biblical commentaries, Bede credited the sources from which he drew his material with a marginal citation. Although much of the book appears simple and even naive to readers in our scientific and technological age, his description of natural phenomena is as intelligent and rational as any to be found in the early Middle Ages, including Isidore’s Liber rotarum (De natura rerum).

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