How the Beowulf Poet Employs Biblical Typology

Author: Helder, William
Year:2014
Pages:288
ISBN:0-7734-4241-3
978-0-7734-4241-2
Price:199.95
This study is an attempt to consider Beowulf in its literary context. It shows how the typological perspective manifests itself throughout Beowulf in its structure and its imagery and so aims to foster an increased awareness of the rich allusiveness of its metaphorical language.

Reviews

“The search—through the lines of the poem, through biblical and patristic texts, through other Old English poetry, and through antecedent scholarship about the “Christian elements” in Beowulf—is detailed, extensive, and judicious… This welcome book casts a great deal of light on one of the verbal treasures of our culture.” -Dr. Alvin A. Lee, Professor Emeritus, Department of English and Cultural Studies, President Emeritus, McMaster University

"... provides a deeply learned and highly illuminating account of the way in which scriptural typological codes, mediated by the liturgy and commentary traditions, shed light on the poem's action, characterization, imagery, and themes." -Prof. Lawrence Besserman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Table of Contents

FOREWORD BY ALVIN A. LEE

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

NOTE ON SCRIPTURE QUOTATIONS

ABBREVIATIONS

CITED OLD ENGLISH POEMS

INTRODUCTION
2. HROTHGAR AND THE YEARNING HART
3. ICE-BONDS AND THE RISING SUN
4. BEOWULF AND SPRINGTIME HEROISM
5. DOOMSDAY AND THE DRAGON’S HOARD

INDEX