Signs of Weakness
Juxtaposing Irish Tales and the Bible
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of Pages: 248
Are early Irish stories influenced by the Bible or transcriptions of pre-Christian Celtic lore? Layzer explores the practical and theoretical difficulties of determining 'influence' in ancient writing, and the relationship between the oral and the written, literacy and literature and the disciplines of Irish Studies and Biblical Studies.
"Given the scholarly conservatism of early Irish studies, which has nurtured a great deal of superb historical philology at the cost of insulating the field from more recent theoretical developments in literary study, this is a bold and laudable undertaking Among [the book's subtle] insights, perhaps the strongest is Layzer's recognition of just how amenable early Irish literature is to a midrashic approach to interpretation." Morgan Thomas Davies, Colgate University