Murdoch (Brian O.)

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Murdoch, Brian, “Saltair na rann XXXV–LXX: the story of Moses”, Ériu 69 (2019): 1–40.  

This paper offers a commentary on the Moses-narrative in Saltair na Rann. Among the reasons for undertaking such a commentary are that notes on the substance of the text as it relates to the story of Moses might assist with or stimulate the production of a new edition and translation of the entire text, or that it might support the literary and cultural evaluation of the Saltair na Rann text as a whole. The basis for the commentary is the unpublished edition and translation of Saltair na Rann left by David Greene.

Murdoch, Brian, “Medieval biblical hermeneutics and the reception of the Penance of Adam and Eve in Western European vernaculars”, in: Lorenzo DiTommaso, Matthias Henze, and William Adler (eds), The embroidered Bible: studies in biblical apocrypha and pseudepigrapha in honour of Michael E. Stone, 26, Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2017. 758–770.
Murdoch, Brian, The apocryphal Adam and Eve in medieval Europe: vernacular translations and adaptations of the Vita Adae et Evae, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.  
This book examines the development in medieval European literature of the story of Adam and Eve after the expulsion from paradise. The gaps in what the Bible records of their lives were filled in early and medieval times to a great extent by apocrypha or pseudepigrapha such as the Latin Life of Adam and Eve (which merges at some points with a series of legends of the Holy Rood). It describes their attempt to return to paradise by undertaking penance whilst immersed in a river, Eve's second temptation, and the ways in which Adam and Eve cope with the novelties of childbirth and death. The Vita Adae et Evae is part of a broad apocryphal tradition, but is not a unified text, and there are very many variations within the substantial number of extant versions. It was translated and adapted in prose, verse, and drama (as tracts, in chronicles, or as literary works) in virtually all western and some eastern European languages in the Middle Ages, and survived sometimes beyond that. These adaptations are examined on a comparative basis. There is a limited iconographical tradition. The book argues that the study of the apocryphal tradition demands examination of these vernacular texts; and also brings to light a very widespread aspect of European culture that disappeared to a large extent—though it did not die out completely—at the time of the Renaissance and Reformation, with their renewed insistence on canonicity and on the establishment of a foundation text for works of antiquity.
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Kent, Alan M., and Brian O. Murdoch [introd.], Ordinalia: the Cornish mystery plays cycle, a verse translation, London: Francis Boutle, 2005.
Murdoch, Brian O., “Rex David, Bersabe, and Syr Urry: a comparative approach to a scene in the Cornish Origo mundi”, in: Philip Payton (ed.), Cornish studies twelve, 12, Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2004. 288–304.
Murdoch, Brian, The medieval popular Bible: expansions of Genesis in the Middle Ages, Woodbridge, Rochester: Brewer, 2003. ix + 209 pp.
Murdoch, Brian, “The Mors Pilati in the Cornish Resurrexio Domini”, Celtica 23 (1999): 211–226.
Murdoch, Brian, “Saltair na rann XXV-XXXIV: from Abraham to Joseph”, Ériu 46 (1995): 93–119.
Murdoch, Brian, Cornish literature, Cambridge: Brewer, 1993.
Murdoch, Brian, “In pursuit of the Caillech Bérre: an early Irish poem and the medievalist at large”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 44 (1991): 80–127.
Murdoch, Brian, “From the Flood to the Tower of Babel: some notes on Saltair na rann XIII-XXIV”, Ériu 40 (1989): 69–92.
Murdoch, Brian O., “Creation, fall and after in the Cornish Gwreans an bys: some comments on a late medieval mystery play”, Studi Medievali 29 (1988): 685–705.
Murdoch, Brian, “Pascon agan Arluth: the literary position of the Cornish poem of the Passion”, Studi medievali 22 (1981): 821–836.
Murdoch, Brian O., The medieval Cornish poem of the Passion: Mount Calvary, Pascon agan Arluth, Institute of Cornish Studies, Special Bibliography, 5, Redruth: Institute of Cornish Studies, 1979. 24 pp.
Murdoch, Brian O., “The Breton Creation Ar Bet and the medieval drama of Adam and Eve”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 36 (1978): 157–179.
Murdoch, Brian O., The Irish Adam and Eve story from Saltair na Rann, 2 vols, vol. 2, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1976.  
Commentary to volume 1 (text and translation).
Murdoch, Brian, “An early Irish Adam and Eve: Saltair na rann and the traditions of the Fall”, Mediaeval Studies 35 (1973): 146–177.


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