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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 521: East Meets West: Biblical Exegesis and Theology

Tuesday 11 July 2006, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages
Organiser:Luciana Cuppo, Independent Scholar, Vicenza
Moderator/Chair:Frans van Liere, Department of History, Calvin College, Michigan
Paper 521-aJohn Scottus Eriugena: Translator, Commentator, Philosopher
(Language: English)
Timothy Budde, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Downtown
Index terms: Language and Literature - Greek, Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Philosophy
Paper 521-bThe Woman Clad with the Sun (Rev. 12:1-6): Shifts in Exegesis from Epiphanius to Bede
(Language: English)
Luciana Cuppo, Independent Scholar, Vicenza
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Theology
Paper 521-cThe Survival of Theodore of Mopsuestia's Psalm Commentary in the Latin West: Ireland Meets Antioch in 9th-Century Northern Italy
(Language: English)
Carol Scheppard, Department of Philosophy & Religion, Bridgewater College, Virginia
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Politics and Diplomacy, Theology

The session explores the appropriation of Eastern religious thought in Western culture. Paper A looks at Martin Palmer's discovery of an 8th-century Christian church in China and speculates (should Palmer be correct) on the interaction of Christian ideas and Ch'an and Pure Land Buddhism. Paper B looks at the shift in exegesis of the 'woman clad with the sun' (Rev. 12:1), from literal in Epiphanius of Cyprus (the woman is Mary), to allegorical in Bede (the woman is a figure of the church). Paper C looks at the appropriation of Theodore of Mopsuestia in Lombard Italy. The Old Irish glosses to the epitome of Theodore by Julian of Eclanum in a codex from Bobbio witness to the anti-Arian stance of the glossator and respond to issues in both Irish monastic and Northern Italian politics.