Anonymous: Exodus

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  • Jasmine Kilburn (Independent Scholar - Europe)

The Old English anonymous poem now known as Exodus is found in one of the four great Anglo-Saxon poetic codices. The 590-line poem occupies pages 143-171 of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Junius 11. Junius 11 is sometimes known as the Cædmon manuscript, after the Anglo-Saxon poet Cædmon, who was once thought to have composed the poems; it is also referred to as the Junius manuscript, recalling the seventeenth-century Dutch antiquary, Franciscus Junius. The manuscript also contains the following Old English poems: Genesis A and B, Daniel and Christ and Satan, along with numerous well-executed drawings. Junius 11 has been dated to c. 1000, although as is usual with medieval texts, this does not …

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Kilburn, Jasmine. "Exodus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 February 2003
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