Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Old English Hexateuch: Aspects and Approaches

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Old English Hexateuch: Aspects and Approaches

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The Old English Hexateuch: Aspects and Approaches, ed. Rebecca Barnhouse and Benjamin C. Withers (Kalamazoo: Western Michigan University, Medieval Institute Publications, 2000). xv + 358 pp.; 31 figures. ISBN 1-58044024-X, $40.00 (hard covers); 1-58044050-9, $20.00 (p/b). A compilation of vernacular translations of all or parts of the first seven books of the Vulgate Old Testament, traditionally known as the `Old English Heptateuch', survives in the late eleventh-century manuscript Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Laud. Misc. 509. Another version of this text is preserved in London, British Library, MS Cotton Claudius B.iv, which is an extensively illustrated manuscript made earlier in the eleventh century. This latter version is known as the `Old English Hexateuch', because it lacks the translation of the seventh book of the Old Testament, Judges. …

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