Biblical genealogies in the Book of Leinster
verse beg. Máire ingen Iochim meic Ioseph meic Eli meic Elizar meic Mathatha

  • Early Irish
  • prose
A brief section found in the Book of Leinster containing the genealogies of a number of biblical figures, including Mary, Samuel, Saul, Esdras and Asaph son of Berechiah.
First words (verse)
  • Máire ingen Iochim meic Ioseph meic Eli meic Elizar meic Mathatha
p. 354a–b
beg. ‘Maire ingen Iochim m Ioseph m Eli m Elizar m Mathatha’
  • Early Irish
  • Secondary language(s): Latin language
prose (primary)
Textual relationships
Versions of these genealogies are found in the Book of Lecan (RIA MS 23 P 2), f. 35r, the Book of Ballymote (RIA MS 23 P 12), f. 118v, the Book of Uí Mhaine (RIA MS D ii 1), p. 50(106)a, and elsewhere.
Related: Biblical genealogies in TCD 1336Biblical genealogies in TCD 1336

Biblical genealogies along with apocryphal notes about Mary and her father Joachim as well as a prayer to Mary. The text appears incomplete on a single page in a unit of TCD MS 1336, where it is said to be taken from the Lebor buide Meic Murchada. According to Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, the text derives from a lost version of the Sex aetates mundi.



⟨biblical worlds⟩periods, narrative worlds, ⟨biblical concepts⟩
⟨biblical worlds⟩
id. 29029


Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] Ó Riain, Pádraig [ed.], Corpus genealogiarum sanctorum Hiberniae, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1985.
122 [id. 674. ‘Biblical and classical genealogies’]
[ed.] OʼSullivan, Anne [ed.], The Book of Leinster, formerly Lebar na Núachongbála, vol. 6, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1983. xv + pp. 1327-1708.
CELT – pp. 1327–1595 (excl. pp. 1596–1708): <link>
Dennis Groenewegen
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