IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1007: Bede and Priesthood

Wednesday 16 July 2003, 09.00-10.30

Moderator/Chair:Ian N. Wood, School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 1007-aBede's Use of Homilies in his Commentary on Luke
(Language: English)
Jane W. Crawford, Department of Classics, Loyola Marymount University, California
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Sermons and Preaching, Theology
Paper 1007-bBede on the Chastity of the Christian Priesthood in De Tabernaculo
(Language: English)
Morgan Hogarth, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Religious Life
Paper 1007-cThe 'Extract' from the Letter of Pope Vitalian (MS Digby 63, fol. 59v): Authentic or Spurious?
(Language: English)
Masako Ohashi, Nanzan University, Nagoya
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Manuscripts and Palaeography

The session looks at three aspects of Bede’s work. The first paper surveys his allegorical treatment of the chastity of Christian priesthood in De tabernaculo, where he argues that priesthood was monastic in virtue, if not in name, and therefore had to follow high standards of ascetic purity. The second paper concentrates on a letter by Pope Vitalian quoted in HE III, 29, which deals with the question of easter in a sentence that Bede has however omitted. The third paper poses the question of the relationship between Bede’s pastoral work and his theological thought by tracing the influence of his own homilies on his Commentary on Luke.