Martin Friedrich's "Jesus Christ between Jews and Heathens: The Germanic Mission and the Portrayal of Christ in the Old Saxon
Heliand," in addition to incidentally reviewing much Heliand scholarship, looks at the Germanicization of Christianity in the context of Judaism and how the Jesus story might have been perceived by the Saxons in their time of conversion.
(8) The first element, English mirk, later murk(y), means "dark(ness)" in all the Germanic languages, as in Old Norse myrkr, Old English mirce, myrce, Old Saxon
mirki; and in Modern Norwegian and Swedish mork, Danish mark.
In this paper, I examine one strand of these exchanges and propose a missionary context for the Old English Genesis B, the Old Saxon
Heliand, and the fragmentary Vatican Genesis.
There is, of course, no certainty that all poets follow the same principles for such a rare phenomenon, and the greater use made of such lines in some poems - Bliss omits Genesis B altogether because its debt to Old Saxon
makes it a special case (cf.
376, for all that it is a hapax legomenon in Old English and doubtless derives from the Old Saxon
Although alliteration is a common device in almost all poetry, the only Indo-European languages that used it as a governing principle, along with strict rules of accent and quantity, were Old Norse, Old English, Old Saxon
, and Old High German.
The Old Saxon
Heliand is one of the most unusual accounts of the Christian gospel story a modern reader may encounter, justly famous for the strange admixture of Germanic spirit to the story of Christ, the Savior.
A CORNFIELD BY THE FOOTPATH THE READING ROOMS AN OLD SAXON
CROSS IN THE CHURCHYARD THE WOODEN PATHWAY THROUGH THE FIELDS PART OF THE WOODEN WALKWAY
And "bede" is the old Saxon
word for prayer, so it is not known whether that was even his real name.
The Rose & Crown is a charming 18th Century coaching inn set on the middle green next to the old Saxon
church known as the Cathedral of the Dale.
This is an old Saxon
area, there are Saxon dwellings and lanes, there's a lot here of historical interest.