Preaching Apocrypha in Anglo-Saxon England

By Brandon W. Hawk

© 2018

Preaching Apocrypha in Anglo-Saxon England is the first in-depth study of Christian apocrypha focusing specifically on the use of extra-biblical narratives in Old English sermons. The work contributes to our understanding of both the prevalence and importance of apocrypha in vernacular preaching, by assessing various preaching texts from Continental and Anglo-Saxon Latin homiliaries, as well as vernacular collections like the Vercelli Book, the Blickling Book, Ælfric’s Catholic Homilies and other manuscripts from the tenth through twelfth centuries.

Vernacular sermons were part of a media ecology that included Old English poetry, legal documents, liturgical materials, and visual arts. Situating Old English preaching within this network establishes the range of contexts, purposes, and uses of apocrypha for diverse groups in Anglo-Saxon society: cloistered religious, secular clergy, and laity, including both men and women. Apocryphal narratives did not merely survive on the margins of culture, but thrived at the heart of mainstream Anglo-Saxon Christianity.

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  • Series: Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series
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  • Page Count: 272 pages
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Preaching Apocrypha in Anglo-Saxon England is the first examination of Christian apocrypha in Anglo-Saxon England, focusing on the use of biblical narratives in Old English sermons. This work demonstrates that apocryphal media are a substantial part of the apparatus of Christian tradition inherited by Anglo-Saxons.

Preaching Apocrypha in Anglo-Saxon England

By Brandon W. Hawk

© 2018

Preaching Apocrypha in Anglo-Saxon England is the first in-depth study of Christian apocrypha focusing specifically on the use of extra-biblical narratives in Old English sermons. The work contributes to our understanding of both the prevalence and importance of apocrypha in vernacular preaching, by assessing various preaching texts from Continental and Anglo-Saxon Latin homiliaries, as well as vernacular collections like the Vercelli Book, the Blickling Book, Ælfric’s Catholic Homilies and other manuscripts from the tenth through twelfth centuries.

Vernacular sermons were part of a media ecology that included Old English poetry, legal documents, liturgical materials, and visual arts. Situating Old English preaching within this network establishes the range of contexts, purposes, and uses of apocrypha for diverse groups in Anglo-Saxon society: cloistered religious, secular clergy, and laity, including both men and women. Apocryphal narratives did not merely survive on the margins of culture, but thrived at the heart of mainstream Anglo-Saxon Christianity.

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Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Brandon W. Hawk is an assistant professor of English at Rhode Island College.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements
    Abbreviations
    Introduction: Seeking Out Gold in the Mud

    Chapter 1: Homiliaries, Apocrypha, and Preaching Networks
    Chapter 2: Apostles, Trinity, and Reform in Blickling 15
    Chapter 3: Ælfric and Correct Doctrine
    Chapter 4: Translating Jesus in Text and Image
    Chapter 5: A Network Microcosm in Bodley 343

    Conclusion: Mediating Tradition
    Excursus on Terminology
    Appendices