Hêliand: Text and Commentary by James E. Cathey
Hêliand: Text and Commentary by James E. Cathey
Hêliand: Text and Commentary by James E. Cathey
Hêliand: Text and Commentary by James E. Cathey
Hêliand: Text and Commentary by James E. Cathey
Hêliand: Text and Commentary by James E. Cathey
Hêliand: Text and Commentary by James E. Cathey

Hêliand: Text and Commentary by James E. Cathey

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Hêliand: Text and Commentary
Author: James E. Cathey
Format: Paperback
Pages: 360
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Traditional scholars package this Old Saxon text, often called the German Genesis, as a poetical manuscript only fabricated in order to convert Saxon pagans to the religion of the Holy Roman Empire. In this classic epic, the spirit of the Saxon warrior and the Christian evangelist are seamlessly woven together, creating a fabric that Rudolf Steiner claimed was no mere invention of political necessity, but the emergence of deep Christian truths revealed through atavistic Germanic clairvoyance.

James E. Cathey's Hêliand: Text and Commentary is a simply unique, wonderfully encompassing, and helpful text, and nothing quite like it exists anywhere in the world. The commentary portion of the book consists of an interweaving of interpretation and philological consideration. This work presents the reader with explanatory commentary that encompasses both the scientific and the poetic and treats them both with equal felicity. The volume also contains something that is exceptionally valuable and cannot be found in English: a compact and serviceable grammar of Old Saxon and an appended glossary that defines all of the vocabulary found in this edited version of the Hêliand. 

Table of Contents:

The Historical Setting of the Hêliand -The Saxons
The Early Missions
The Arian and Moslem Threats
The English Mission
Charlemagne and Europe
Charlemagne and the Saxons
Consolidation of Power
Semantic Hurdles to the Task of Conversion
The Work -Hêliand Verse
The Dating of the Hêliand and the Prefatio
The Manuscripts
The Fitten
A Comparison of the 'M' vs 'C' Manuscripts Excerpts from the text of the Hêliand Introduction
Elizabeth's Child
The Birth of John
Mary's Child
The Birth of Jesus
Signs of Jesus' Birth
Jesus in the Temple
The Three Wise Men
Herod's Threat
The Flight to Egypt
John the Baptist
The Baptism of Christ
The Tempting of Christ
Jesus Returns to Galilee
The Sermon on the Mount
Hearing the Sermon
Swearing Oaths
The Lord's Prayer
Lilies of the Field
Pearls before Swine
Bad Tree - Bad Fruit
The Narrow Gate
A House upon Sand
Lambs among Wolves
Entering Heaven
Water to Wine
Reward and Punishment
Raising the Dead
Calming the Storm
The Sower and the Seed
The Wheat in the Field
Herodias' Daughter Dances
The Death of John
Jesus Walks on Water
Saint Peter's Keys
The Transfiguration
Fishing for Coins
The Rich Man and Lazarus
Workers in the Vineyard
Going to Jerusalem
The Blind Men
Entering Jerusalem
A Thane's Duty
Judgment Day
Raising Lazarus
Jesus as Threat
Washing Feet
Jesus Identifies the Betrayer
Jesus in Gethsemane
The Capture of Christ
Peter Denies His Lord
The Fate of a Bad Thane
The Death of Judas
Christ before Pilate
Christ before Herod
The Second Hearing before Pilate
Pilate's Offer
Satan's Attempt and Pilate's Wife
Pilate's Soldiers Take Jesus
The Crucifixion
The Death of Jesus
The Burial
The Resurrection
Commentary to the Readings References -A Brief Outline of Old Saxon Grammar
The Sound Systems of Primitive Germanic and Old Saxon
Old Saxon Reflexes of Germanic Vowels
Strong Noun Declension
Weak Noun Declension
Adjective Declensions
Comparison of Adjectives
Verbal Types
Verb Conjugations

"As someone who has taught the Hêliand and had to go to unheard of lengths of photocopying to bring together diverse and difficult to find texts, I cannot tell you how genuinely helpful Cathey's work will be. It will be the version for students in North America, and quite probably abroad as well."

G. Ronald Murphy, Georgetown University

James E. CatheyJames E. Cathey is Professor Emeritus of German and Scandinavian studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research interests include Germanic linguistics, Scandinavian languages, Finnish, and Old Saxon. He teaches several classes in these areas at the university, along with Swedish.

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