Anonymous: Exodus (815 words)

  • 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 date the p…

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