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NAPIER HOMILY 55 AND BELFOUR HOMILY 10 ON THE TEMPTATIONS IN THE DESERT

Michael J. Cummings
Neuphilologische Mitteilungen
Vol. 80, No. 4 (1979), pp. 315-324
Published by: Modern Language Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43345665
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NAPIER HOMILY 55 AND BELFOUR HOMILY 10 ON THE TEMPTATIONS IN THE DESERT
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Abstract

Napier homily 55 is a composite text formed from several homiletic sources. Scholarship subsequent to Jost's study has noted the close resemblance of one section with a section of Belfour homily 10. Comparison of the two passages suggests a common OE ancestor. Belfour 10 as a whole, including material in the common passage, is ultimately derived from Gregory's Homilía in Evangelio 16. The common passage is thus unlikely to be an interpolation in Belfour 10. Accordingly the common ancestor of the two homilies must have resembled Belfour 10 in content, although its language would have been at least contemporary with the language of N. 55. The resemblance between all other sections of N. 55 and their respective sources is extreme. The differences between the two versions of the common passage suggest either that one intermediate at least lies between N. 55 and the common OE ancestor, or that Belfour 10 has been extensively rewritten from this OE source.

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