IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1026: Interpreting Medieval Exegesis: Methods, Contexts, and Contents of Biblical Commentary, I - Medieval Reading

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages
Organiser:Ineke van 't Spijker, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Frans van Liere, Department of History, Calvin College, Michigan
Paper 1026-a'Manifest prophecies' in Latin Commentaries on Isaiah, from St Jerome to Hervaeus of Bourg-Dieu
(Language: English)
Elisabeth Mégier, Independent Scholar, Paris
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Theology
Paper 1026-bTo Ignore the Allegory: 12th-Century Contextual Commentaries of the Song of Songs
(Language: English)
Robert A. Harris, Department of Bible & Ancient Semitic Languages, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Paper 1026-cThe Shape and Function of the Rhetorical Structure in Hugh of St Victor's Didascalicon
(Language: English)
Donna Altimari-Adler, Loyola University Chicago
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Rhetoric

This session explores methodical issues implicit or explicit in medieval commentaries. A first paper focuses on readings of Isaiah, from Jerome to the 12th century, as containing ‘manifest prophecies’, to be explained according to a literal sense. How is this ‘literalness’ conceived and articulated? The second paper shows how, departing from the age-old allegorical interpretation, 11th- and 12th-century developments in Jewish exegesis of the Song of Songs reveal an increasing concern with a literal interpretation of the poem as a love song, and its literary context. Finally, an investigation of Hugh of Saint-Victor’s Didascalicon shows how the rhetorical structure of this guide to reading Scripture sustains the overall project of the work, which is to restore humankind to the image of Wisdom.