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'þæt is seo æreste Moyses booc' - From the need for this explanation of the place of Genesis in the Pentateuch, Whitelock deduces that the audience of the OE Bede was less educated than Bede's initial audience, reinforcing Alfred's account of a decay of learning in the ninth century.

None of the works attributed to Cædmon have been securely identified, despite the keenness of early scholars to attribute extant anonymous Old English poems, like those in Junius 11 (still sometimes called 'the Cædmon manuscript'), to him.