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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1221: The Role of Exegesis in Medieval Culture, III: Exegesis and its Discontents

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Brill Academic Publishers
Organisers:Christine Feld, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
Ineke van 't Spijker, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Ineke van 't Spijker, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
Paper 1221-aLectiones magistri Anselmi: les commentaires du cantique des cantiques d'Anselme de Laon
(Language: Français)
Cédric Giraud, Ecole Nationale des Chartes, Paris
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Theology
Paper 1221-bAndrew of Saint-Victor and his Franciscan Critics
(Language: English)
Frans van Liere, Department of History, Calvin College, Michigan
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Theology

Especially from the 12th century onwards, shifts in exegetical directions need to be considered. This period saw a revival of exegetical theorizing, and the beginnings of exegetical 'specialisation'. At the same time, biblical exegesis remained a pervasive influence in genres other than biblical commentaries, providing, especially in historiography, arguments for Jewish-Christian polemic and for historical interpretation. The tradition of biblical commentary was maintained at the schools, but the exegetical methods employed started to diverge from monastic ones. From here onwards, scholasticism developed its own exegetical practices, implying some discontent, especially with the methods of literal exegesis as they had developed in the 12th century.