MacGinty (Gerard)

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al. Francis P. MacGinty OSB.
MacGinty, Gerard, The Reference bible – Das Bibelwerk: Pauca problesmata de enigmatibus ex tomis canonicis. Praefatio et Libri de Pentateucho Moysi, Corpus Christianorum, Continuatio Mediaevalis 173, Scriptores Celtigenae 3, Turnhout: Brepols, 2000.  
The text that has conventionally become known in German as Das Bibelwerk is now generally referred to in English as the Reference Bible. This work has rather a schoolroom air. After a general ‘Praefatio’ the books of the Old Testament are treated according to the LXX canon, with, however, the omission of Lamentationes and Baruch. Among the various books, Genesis receives the most extensive treatment. The Latin title of the work, Pauca Problesmata states very accurately the general approach. There is no attempt at a coherent exegesis of the text; rather various matters which interested the compiler(s) are dealt with, mostly by citing short excerpts from the Fathers. In this, repetion is not avoided. B. Bischoff has suggested that the text was originally drafted around the year 750 A.D., and this has been generally accepted. An analysis of the stylistic features of the text led Bischoff to decide in favour of an Irish, or Irish-influenced centre of origin. His arguments are still valid, and there are many other detailed arguments from the language and orthography - particularly as represented by the Vatican Manuscript - which could confirm ultimate Irish inspiration and possible autorship.
MacGinty, Gerard, “The Pentateuch of the Reference Bible: the problem concerning its sources”, in: O'Loughlin, Thomas (ed.), The Scriptures and early medieval Ireland: proceedings of the 1993 Conference of the Society for Hiberno-Latin Studies on Early Irish Exegesis and Homilectics, Instrumenta Patristica 31, Steenbrugge, Turnhout: In Abbatia S. Petri; Brepols, 1999. 163–177.
MacGinty, Gerard, “The Irish Augustine: De mirabilibus sacrae Scripturae”, in: Ní Chatháin, Próinséas, and Michael Richter (eds.), Irland und die Christenheit: Bibelstudien und Mission. Ireland and Christendom: the Bible and the missions, Veröffentlichungen des Europa Zentrums Tübingen. Kulturwissenschaftliche Reihe, Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1987. 70–83.
MacGinty, Gerard, “The influence of the Desert Fathers on early Irish monasticism”, Monastic Studies 14 (1983): 85–91.
MacGinty, Gerard, “The treatise De mirabilibus sacrae Scripturae: critical edition, with introduction, English translation of the long recension and some notes”, 2 vols, PhD thesis (unpublished): National University of Ireland, 1971.


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