Bedes Temple: An Image and its Interpretation

Hardcover | November 8, 2015

byConor OBrien

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This volume examines the use of the image of the Jewish temple in the writings of the Anglo-Saxon theologian and historian, Bede (d. 735). The various Jewish holy sites described in the Bible possessed multiple different meanings for Bede and therefore this imagery provides an excellent windowinto his thought. Bede's Temple: An Image and its Interpretation examines Bede's use of the temple to reveal his ideas of history, the universe, Christ, the Church, and the individual Christian. Across his wide body of writings Bede presented an image of unity, whether that be the unity of Jew andgentile in the universal Church, or the unity of human and divine in the incarnate Christ, and the temple-image provided a means of understanding and celebrating that unity. Conor O'Brien argues that Bede's understanding of the temple was part of the shared spirituality and communal discourse of his monastery at Wearmouth-Jarrow, in particular as revealed in the great illuminated Bible made there: the Codex Amiatinus. Studying the temple in Bede's works reveals not justan individual genius, but a monastic community engaged actively in scriptural interpretation and religious reflection. O'Brien makes an important contribution to our understanding of early Anglo-Saxon England's most important author, the world in which he lived, and the processes that inspired hiswork.

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This volume examines the use of the image of the Jewish temple in the writings of the Anglo-Saxon theologian and historian, Bede (d. 735). The various Jewish holy sites described in the Bible possessed multiple different meanings for Bede and therefore this imagery provides an excellent windowinto his thought. Bede's Temple: An Image a...

Conor O'Brien is a Teaching Associate at the University of Sheffield.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:November 8, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019874708X

ISBN - 13:9780198747086

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Table of Contents

List of FiguresList of AbbreviationsChronology of Bede's Works1. Introduction2. Bede's Temple in its Intellectual Context3. Bede's Temple as History4. Bede's Temple as Cosmos5. Bede's Temple as the Body of Christ6. Bede's Temple as Church7. Bede's Temple as Individual8. Building Bede's TempleBibliography