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Anon Lil 11VII/2 — af ‘from’

Breytti guð og brá til hætti
blóð og hold af vatni og moldu,
liettan blástr af lofti næsta,
lífs heitleika af sólar reitum,
önd og þar til síðan sendi;
sú er skiljandi drottins vilja;
leið kunnandi um líkams æðar,
líf skínanda af helgum anda.

Guð breytti og brá hætti til, blóð og hold af vatni og moldu, liettan blástr af lofti næsta, heitleika lífs af reitum sólar, og sendi síðan þar til önd; sú er skiljandi vilja drottins, kunnandi leið um æðar líkams, skínanda líf af helgum anda.

God transformed and changed his behaviour, blood and flesh from water and soil, the light breath from the nearest air, the warmth [lit. warmths] of life from the paths of the sun [SKY/HEAVEN], and then he sent a soul there; it is discerning the Lord’s will, knowing the path through the body’s blood vessels, the shining life from the Holy Spirit.


[2] blóð og hold af vatni og moldu ‘blood and flesh from water and earth’: The typological relationship between Adam and Christ is emphasised by the use of similar words to describe Jesus’ resurrected body (blóð það, er tók af móður ‘that blood, which he took from his mother’ 67/8) and his physical presence in the eucharist (hold og blóð, það er tókt af móður ‘flesh and blood which you took from your mother’ 83/6).



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