Bridges, John Benjamin
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This thesis will explore the extra-biblical elements of the Old English poem Genesis B. Particular interest will be paid to the depiction of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the treatment of Adam and Eve’s guilt, and the depiction of Satan. The research for this paper included a thorough study of medieval Christian orthodox teaching, as well as Germanic mythology and culture. In many cases the Genesis B poet seems to have been influenced by the Germanic world in which he was immersed, and this is the reason for some of the problematic elements in the poem. There are also instances where the poet deviates from the Bible in ways that cannot be linked to Germanic culture, and possible inspirations for these deviations are explored.