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Bede’s Temple: An Image and its Interpretation

Conor O'Brien


This book examines the use of the image of the Jewish temple in the writings of Anglo-Saxon monk Bede (d. 735). The various Jewish holy sites described in the Bible possessed multiple different meanings in Bede’s exegesis and therefore this imagery provides an excellent window into his thought. Proceeding thematically, the book studies what Bede’s use of the temple reveals about 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 and gentile in the universal Chu ... More

Keywords: Anglo-Saxon history, exegesis, patristics, medieval theology, monasticism, Codex Amiatinus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198747086
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747086.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Conor O'Brien, author
Teaching Associate, University of Sheffield