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Aspects of Anglo-Saxon and Medieval England

Michiko Ogura

This collection of papers is a gift for all the members of the Japan Society for Medieval English Studies, who worked abroad under the direction of British, European and American medievalists or greatly influenced by those scholars as guests of the Society. Six papers in this book tell parts of their special fields of study: Aldred the Northumbrian scribe, Old English glosses, the Exeter Book, source studies of Old English homilies, Old English Boethius and Judgement Day II. As one of their students and a former president of the Society, the editor adds the last paper on Old English syntax.
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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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