Bede was a monk in Northumbria in the 8th century. He entered the monastery at age 7 and remained there his entire life. He rarely left the monastery and only took brief trips to nearby places. He says of himself: “I have devoted my energies to a study of the Scriptures, observing monastic discipline, and singing the daily services in church; study, teaching, and writing have always been my delight.”
Here are some things attributed to his scholarship:
- He wrote the first detailed history of the British people with sources and research: History of the English Church and People
- The first historian to date events Anno Domini (A.D.-the year of our Lord)
- He knew the earth was a sphere and he was the first known writer to state that the solar is not exactly 365 days and therefore needs a leap year
Heavenly Father, who called your servant Bede, while still a child, to devote his life to your service in the disciplines of religion and scholarship: Grant that as he labored in the Spirit to bring the riches of your truth to his generation, so we, in our various vocations, may strive to make you known in all the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.