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The concept of orthodoxy in Bede's “Ecclesiastical History of the English People”


2009 2009

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This thesis is an examination of the definition of Christian orthodoxy developed by Bede in the Ecclesiastical History of the English People. It begins by examining recent trends in Bedan scholarship that seek deeper insight into the personality of Bede as an aspiring Christian authority. It analyzes Bede's rhetorical presentation of the British as a counter-example of how the gift of faith should be received, and Bede's subsequent warning for his English audience. The later chapters analyze the conversion of King Edwin and his court as well as the miracle of Caedmon, reading these scenes in light of a new definition of lived orthodoxy that Bede develops throughout the Ecclesiastical History. This thesis develops a reading of Bede's concept of orthodoxy that is more than just a list of doctrines to which the faithful must assent. Instead, for Bede, lived Christian orthodoxy is active rather than passive, and maturing rather than instantaneous.

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Subject
Medieval literature;
Theology;
Medieval history
Classification
0297: Medieval literature
0469: Theology
0581: Medieval history
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Social sciences; Language, literature and linguistics; Bede the Venerable, Saint
Title
The concept of orthodoxy in Bede's “Ecclesiastical History of the English People”
Author
Giesting, Robert J.
Number of pages
64
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0110
Source
MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109300260
University/institution
University of Louisville
University location
United States -- Kentucky
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1468566
ProQuest document ID
304915872
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304915872
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