Biblical-textual criticism in Bede's commentary on Genesis

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The Venerable Bede was first and foremost a biblical scholar whose primary task was to bring clarity to the sacred text. In the world of biblical learning, all scriptural books pose a number of textual and interpretative difficulties which require explication or contextualisation by an exegete. This article focuses on the text-critical methodologies and interpretative strategies deployed by Bede in his commentary On Genesis. In this work, Bede addresses obscure statements, technical terminology, biblical stylistics, and Hebrew etymology, alongside a host of other textual issues. Overall, this article provides insight into how Bede approached the Bible and its myriad textual problems in his scholarship.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBede the scholar
EditorsPeter Darby, Máirín MacCarron
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherUniversity of Manchester Press
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781526153210
ISBN (Print)9781526153203
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2023


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