Beowulf and the Rites of Holy Week

Vaughan Black

Abstract


Scriptural and liturgical parallels which exist between Beowulf's struggle in Grendel's mere and the baptismal ceremony of Holy Saturday have been advanced in support of the claim that the Beonulf poet wrote with Christian intent (e.g. Cabaniss 1955:195-201; McNamee 1960:190-207). Recent studies, however, have weakened that theory by pointing out that there are differences between the actions of Beowulf and those of Christ which are too great to be ignored.

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