Bede: On Ezra and Nehemiah

Translated with commentary by Scott DeGregorio

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ISBN: 9781846310010

Publication: August 1, 2006

Series: Translated Texts for Historians 47

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The Venerable Bede’s In Ezram et Neemiam* is the first and only complete commentary written on these biblical books in either the patristic or later medieval era. As the Introduction argues, this work of Bede’s is an excellent example of the allegorical method of biblical interpretation which Bede inherited from the Fathers of the Church and for which he himself is justly famed. At the same time, Bede’s decision to take up these particular biblical texts on the reconstruction of the Temple in Jerusalem after the return from exile in Babylon is itself fraught with a deeper significance in the context of contemporary ecclesiastical events. By making this text available in English for the first time, DeGregorio’s translation seeks not only to make this work accessible to readers unable to confront the text in its original Latin, but also to alter the conception of Bede as a commentator from that of a slavish imitator to a daring innovator. *Ezra and Nehemiah are two books of the Old Testament of the Bible, originally one work in the Hebrew canon. Written

Scott DeGregorio is Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature in the Department of Humanities at University of Michigan – Dearborn. He has previously been published in a number of journals including Early Medieval Europe, Speculum and Traditio. He is also editor of the forthcoming title Tradition and Innovation in the Writings of the Venerable Bede, ( Medieval European Series 7, West Virginia University Press) due for publication in 2006.

Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction Ezra-Nehemiah: Contents and Versions On Ezra and Nehemiah: Text and Cources Bede's Approach to Ezra-Nehemia Audience and Date Modern Editions and the Present Translation On Ezra and Nehemiah Prologue Chapter Headings Book 1 Book 2 Book 3 Appendix I: Notes on Textual Emendations Appendix II: The Ezra Miniature Bibliography Index of Sources and Allusions

Format: Paperback

Size: 210 x 147 mm

208 Pages

Copyright: © 2006

ISBN: 9781846310010

Publication: August 1, 2006

Series: Translated Texts for Historians 47

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