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Author O'Reilly, Jennifer, 1943-2016, author.

Title History, hagiography and Biblical exegesis : essays on Bede, Adomnan and Thomas Becket / Jennifer O'Reilly ; edited by Mairin MacCurron and Diarmuid Scully
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 388 pages) : illustrations (black and white)
Series Variorum collected studies series
Collected studies.
Contents Introduction to Bede: on the temple -- Islands and idols at the ends of the earth: exegesis and conversion in Bede's Historia ecclesiastica -- Bede on seeing the God of gods in Zion -- The multitude of isles and the corner-stone: topography, exegesis and the identity of the Angli in Bede's Historia ecclesiastica -- St Paul and the sign of Jonah. Theology and Scripture in Bede's Historia ecclesiastica gentis anglorum -- Bede and monothelitism -- Bede and the dating of Easter: the image of the mediator in the writings of Bede -- Reading the Scriptures in the life of Columba -- The wisdom of the scribe and the fear of the Lord in the life of St Columba -- Adomnán and the art of teaching spiritual sons -- Columba at Clonmacnoise -- The Bible as map, on seeing God and finding the way: pilgrimage and exegesis in Adomnán and Bede -- Candidus et rubicundus: an image of martyrdom in the lives of Thomas Becket -- The double martyrdom of Thomas Becket: hagiography or history?
Summary "This volume is a collection of 16 essays, old and new, relating history and exegesis in the writings of Bede and Adomnán, and in the lives of Thomas Becket. The first part consists of seven studies of Bede's writings, notably his biblical commentaries and his Ecclesiastical History. Two of the essays are published here for the first time. The five studies in the second part, devoted to Adomnán, discuss his life of Saint Columba (the Vita Columbae) and his guide to the Holy Places (De locis sanctis). One essay ('The Bible as Map'), published posthumously, compares his presentation of a major theme, the earthly and heavenly Jerusalem, with the approach adopted by Bede. The third section consists of two essays on the lives of Thomas Becket that were composed shortly after his death. They examine, in the context of patristic exegesis, the biblical images invoked in the texts in order to show how the saint's biographers understood the complex relationship between hagiography and history. With the exception of the Jarrow Lecture on Bede and the essays on Becket, the studies in both parts were published originally in edited books, some of them now hard to come by"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Jennifer O'Reilly received her B.A. Honours degree in History in 1964, and her Ph. D. in Art History in 1972, both in the University of Nottingham. Her monograph, Studies in the Iconography of the Virtues and Vices in the Middle Ages was published in 1988. A book of essays in her honour was published in 2011: Listen, o isles, unto me: studies in medieval word and image. Dr Mâairâin MacCarron is a Senior Researcher at the University of Sheffield. She has published on Women in Medieval Society, the Development of Chronology and Computus in the Early Middle Ages, and Network Science and Digital Humanities. Dr Diarmuid Scully lectures in the School of History, University College Cork. His research interests include Bede and the textual and visual representation of late antique and medieval Insular identities
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Subject Adamnan, Saint, 625?-704.
Bede, the Venerable, Saint, 673-735.
Thomas, à Becket, Saint, 1118?-1170.
Adamnan, Saint, 625?-704.
Bede, the Venerable, Saint, 673-735.
Thomas, à Becket, Saint, 1118?-1170.
HISTORY -- General.
RELIGION -- Christian Church -- History.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- History.
Form Electronic book
Author MacCarron, Máirín, editor.
Scully, Diarmuid (Jeremiah Diarmuid), editor.
ISBN 0429197764