Mírbuli gheni in t-shláiniceda ‘The marvels of the birth of the Saviour’

  • Irish
  • prose
An Irish prose account of the miracles which happened on the night Christ was born. The text provides a fuller account than the prose text on the same subject which occurs in Leabhar Breac and elsewhere.
First words (prose)
  • Dies ergo sollempnis
f. 16rb ff
rubric: ‘Mirbuli gheni in t-shlainiceda’
beg. ‘Dies ergo sollempnis’
Maynooth, Russell Library, MS R 73
  • Irish
prose (primary)
Textual relationships
Related: Do secht n-ingantaib déc in domain in adaig ro génir CrístDo secht n-ingantaib déc in domain in adaig ro génir Críst



nativity of JesusLife and miracles of Christ
nativity of Jesus
id. 43514
(fl. c.5 BC–30/33 AD)
Galileian Jewish religious leader whom Christians believe to be the incarnation of God on earth, the Saviour of mankind and Messiah (the Christ) through His death and resurrection.

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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.] [tr.] Breatnach, Caoimhín, John Carey, Brian Ó Cuív, Pádraig Ó Fiannachta, Martin McNamara, Jean-Daniel Kaestli, and Diarmuid Ó Laoghaire (eds), Apocrypha Hiberniae, part I: Evangelia infantiae, 2 vols, vol. 2, Corpus Christianorum, Series Apocryphorum, 14, Turnhout: Brepols, 2001.
606–611 (IIIa), 612–617 (IIIb. Variant version), 546ff (introduction to the texts)

Secondary sources (select)

Breatnach, Caoimhín, “The transmission of a medieval Irish text on the marvels of the birth of the Saviour and related texts”, in: Axel Harlos, and Neele Harlos (eds), Adapting texts and styles in a Celtic context: interdisciplinary perspectives on processes of literary transfer in the middle ages: studies in honour of Erich Poppe, 13, Münster: Nodus Publikationen, 2016. 135–153.
Dennis Groenewegen
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