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Perspectives on the Old Saxon Heliand
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Heliand, the Old Saxon poem based on the life of Christ in the Gospels, has become more available to students of Anglo-Saxon culture as its influence has reached into a wider range of fields from history to linguistics, literature, and religion. In Perspectives on the Old Saxon Heliand, Valentine Pakis brings together recent scholarship that both addresses new turns in the field and engages with the relevant arguments of the past three decades. Furthering the ongoing critical discussion of both text and culture, this volume also reflects on the current state of the field and demonstrates how it has evolved since the 1970s.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. I. Introductions to the Heliand and its Language
  2. p. 1
  1. The Historical Setting of the Heliand, the Poem, and the Manuscripts
  2. pp. 3-33
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  1. The Old Saxon Heliand
  2. pp. 34-62
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  1. An Overview of Old Saxon Linguistics, 1992–2008
  2. pp. 63-90
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  1. II. The Diatessaronic Tradition
  2. p. 91
  1. The Parable of the Fisherman in the Heliand: The Old Saxon Version of Matthew 13:47–50
  2. pp. 93-119
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  1. (Un)Desirable Origins: The Heliand and the Gospel of Thomas
  2. pp. 120-164
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  1. III. Orality and Narrative Tradition
  2. p. 165
  1. Was the Heliand Poet Illiterate?
  2. pp. 167-207
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  1. The Hatred of Enemies: Germanic Heroic Poetry and the Narrative Design of the Heliand
  2. pp. 208-234
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  1. IV. The Portrayal of the Jews in the Heliand
  2. p. 235
  1. The Jews in the Heliand
  2. pp. 237-253
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  1. Jesus Christ between Jews and Heathens: The Germanic Mission and the Portrayal of Christ in the Old Saxon Heliand
  2. pp. 254-278
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  1. V. The Discovery of the Leipzig Fragment (2006)
  2. p. 279
  1. A New Heliand Fragment from the Leipzig University Library; Image plates
  2. pp. 281-304
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 305-335
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