Brian O. Murdoch

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Brian O. Murdoch is Emeritus professor of German at the University of Stirling, Scotland. He is best known for his work on the Medieval popular Bible, a term which he coined.

Murdoch's earliest work is concerned with the Altdeutsche Genesis and other German Adam Books, later exploring the same theme in other vernaculars. In several hundred published works he established the centrality of the "popular" (as opposed to the exegetical) understanding of the "protoplasts" in far wider areas of medieval thought than had hitherto been appreciated. He demonstrated that an awareness of Adam motifs allows an entirely new reading of some of the classics of medieval literature, most notably Hartmann's Gregorius. The broader impact of these studies has been to raise awareness of vernacular Bible traditions in many aspects of Medieval Studies.

Murdoch is also known for his work on Erich Maria Remarque, author of All Quiet on the Western Front.[1]

Select bibliography[edit]

  • Murdoch, Brian O. (1972). The Fall of Man in the Early Middle High German Biblical Epic: the "Wiener Genesis", the "Vorau Genesis" and the "Anegenge". Göppingen: Kümmerle. 
  • Murdoch, Brian O. (1976). The Irish Adam and Eve Story from Saltair na Rann. Vol 2, Commentary. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. 
  • Murdoch, Brian O. (1993). Cornish Literature. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer. ISBN 0 85991 364 3. 
  • Murdoch, Brian O. (2000). Adam's Grace: Fall and Redemption in Medieval Literature. Cambridge D.S. Brewer. 
  • Murdoch, Brian O. (2003). The Medieval Popular Bible: Expansions of Genesis in the Middle Ages. Cambridge D.S. Brewer. 
  • Murdoch, Brian O. (2009). The Apocryphal Adam and Eve in Medieval Europe: Vernacular Translations and Adaptations of the Vita Adae et Evae. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-956414-9. 
  • Murdoch, Brian O. (2012). Gregorius: An Incestuous Saint in Medieval Europe and Beyond. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0199596409. 


  1. ^ "All Quiet On The Western Front". The Southland Times. Fairfax New Zealand. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2010.