The Saxon Savior: The Germanic Transformation of the Gospel in the Ninth-Century Heliand

Paperback | February 1, 1992

byG. Ronald Murphy

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This study is an interpretation and appreciation of the art of he Heliand, the 9th century Saxon epic poem in which the Christian Gospel of the four evangelist is translated in Germanic terms. Murphy examines in detail the ingenious and sensitive poetic analogies through which familiartexts--the Nativity, the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes and the Lord's Prayer, the Passion and Resurrection--are transformed into Germanic settings and concepts. The first book in English on The Heliand, this study offers a new socio-political explanation of the possible motives of the unknownauthor in undertaking this enormous and brilliantly realized poetic task.

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This study is an interpretation and appreciation of the art of the Heliand, the 9th-century Saxon epic poem in which the Christian Gospel of the four evangelists is reexpressed in Germanic terms. Murphy examines in detail the ingenious and sensitive poetic analogies through which familiar texts - the Nativity, the Sermon on the Mount, ...

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This study is an interpretation and appreciation of the art of he Heliand, the 9th century Saxon epic poem in which the Christian Gospel of the four evangelist is translated in Germanic terms. Murphy examines in detail the ingenious and sensitive poetic analogies through which familiartexts--the Nativity, the Sermon on the Mount, the B...

G. Ronald Murphy, S.J., is translator of The Heliand (Oxford, 1992) and author of Brecht and the Bible. He is Associate Professor of German at Georgetown University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.27 × 5.51 × 0.39 inPublished:February 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195097203

ISBN - 13:9780195097207

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This study is an interpretation and appreciation of the art of the Heliand, the 9th-century Saxon epic poem in which the Christian Gospel of the four evangelists is reexpressed in Germanic terms. Murphy examines in detail the ingenious and sensitive poetic analogies through which familiar texts - the Nativity, the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes and the Lord's Prayer, the Passion and Resurrection - are transformed into Germanic settings and concepts. The first book in English on the Heliand, this study offers a new socio-political explanation of the possible motives of the unknown Heliand author in undertaking this enormous and brilliantly realized poetic task.

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"We congratulate [Murphy] for producing a work comparable to that of the poet."--Theological Studies