Flood, covenant and apocalypse in Old English poetry
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The Flood theme is exploited and developed across a range of Old English Christian verse, but it is given special prominence in three longer narrative poems. These include Genesis A, Exodus and Andreas. Scholars of Old English poetry generally agree that Genesis A is an early poem, perhaps written as early as the seventh century in the first flourish of a 'Cædmonian' school of vernacular verse. Exodus describes the flight of the Hebrews from Egyptian slavery, from the tenth plague until the crossing of the Red Sea. Andreas, unlike Genesis A and Exodus, does not recount the biblical history of the Flood. It does, however, culminate in a great symbolic flood which overwhelms the pagan city of Mermedonia, in an account which draws heavily on biblical typology.

Water and fire

The myth of the Flood in Anglo-Saxon England


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