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Reassessing Exegetical Interpretations of Bede’s <i>Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum</i>

Sharon M. Rowley

in Literature and Theology

Volume 17, issue 3, pages 227-243
Published in print September 2003 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online September 2003 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/17.3.227
Reassessing Exegetical Interpretations of Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum

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This essay explores the role of miracles in Bede’s construction of history to argue that, while reading miracles according to Bede’s sense of exegetical history begins analysis, modern scholars should also look beyond the exegetical paradigm to better understand how Bede uses miracles to engage and understand the world. After a brief discussion of Cædmon’s miracle as an example of how miracles ought to work, this essay contrasts Bede’s account of Edwin with his account of Oswald to question Bede’s presentation of Edwin as a saint-king, and to discuss the ways in which these episodes allow us to see Bede, as an historian, at work.

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