IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1126: Interpreting Medieval Exegesis: Methods, Contexts, and Contents of Biblical Commentary, II - Church, Politics, and the Individual

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages
Organiser:Ineke van 't Spijker, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Elisabeth Mégier, Independent Scholar, Paris
Paper 1126-aMedieval Jewish Interpretations of the Legend of the Septuagint
(Language: English)
Katja Vehlow, Center for Jewish Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Paper 1126-bHincmar of Reims, Exegete for King Charles the Bald
(Language: English)
Sumi Claire Shimahara, Fondation Thiers, Paris
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Political Thought
Paper 1126-cRéconcilier la pierre, les corps et les âmes: un sermon de Guibert de Nogent
(Language: Français)
João Gomes da Silva Filho, Université de Bourgogne et École Pratique du Hautes Études
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1126-d'O the Unutterable Loss of Souls!': Roger Bacon's Perspectives on Jews and Jewish Learning
(Language: English)
Amanda Power, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Mentalities, Theology

Exegesis and commentaries often transcend narrow issues of biblical interpretation to encompass a wide file of varied discourses. Political, ecclesiological and theological-anthropological issues are at stake. Thus, in the Jewish Middle Ages, interpretations of the ‘Legend of the Septuagint’ were at least partially used to express specific political opinions. A Carolingian commentary by Hincmar of Reims on some verses from the Song of Songs contains the author’s politico-ecclesiological views. The 12th-century Guibert of Nogent articulates a specific process of interiorisation within his Monodiae, connecting, in a tropological exegesis, church-space with Church-community and the individual soul.