English 4A, Period 5
24 April 2000
Old Testament Allusions in Beowulf
Thesis: The Beowulf poet incorporates Old Testament allusions in order to teach the Anglo-Saxon pagans about the new religion.
I. Biblical Allusion
A. The Definition of Allusion
B. The Old Testament
II. Descendant of Cain
A. Story of Cain
a. Committing Murder
b. Living as Grendel
III. Allusions to David and Goliath
A. Story of David and Goliath
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tales of Cain, David and Goliath, the serpent and the Almighty Lord. Through use of allusions, the poet of Beowulf taught the pagans the way of the new religion.
Carey, Gary MA, ed. Cliff’s Notes on Beowulf. Lincoln: University of Colorado, 1990.
Tuso, Joseph F, ed. Beowulf: The Donaldson Translation Backgrounds and Sources Criticism New York: WW Norton, 1975.
Vivone, John. "Lecture on ‘Biblical Allusions in Beowulf’," given at Cherry Hill East on 28 September 1999.