Aldred among the West Saxons: Bamburgh, and What bebbisca Might Mean
Eric G. Stanley
The Northumbrian Aldred wrote the interlinear glosses in the Lindisfarne Gospels, and glossed the Durham Collectar. In the Lindisfarne glosses he entered at Luke 18:37 NAZARENUS nazarenisca » ðe bebbisca .i. allsua monn cuoeðas, and bebbisca has never been explained. At the centre of Aldred’s spiritual life is the community of St Cuthbert, close to Bamburgh, a holy place in Northumbria, with Bam- from Bebba, the name of Æthelfrith’s queen. Nazareth is to Jesus as Bamburgh is to Northumbrian Christendom.
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