IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 621: Cultural and Textual Dynamics in the Medieval Bible Tradition, I: Claims and Tools

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant Project: 'Holy Writ and Lay Readers'
Organiser:Sabrina Corbellini, Oudere Nederlandse Letterkunde Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26 9712 EK GRONINGEN
Moderator/Chair:Sabrina Corbellini, Oudere Nederlandse Letterkunde Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26 9712 EK GRONINGEN
Paper 621-aClaims about the Church's Alleged Approval of a Latin Version of the Bible (12th-15th Century)
(Language: English)
Cornelia Linde, Warburg Institute, University of London
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Theology
Paper 621-bGod Speaks against Heretics: Pseudo-Apocryphal Dialogue as a Tool in Anti-Heretical Polemics
(Language: English)
Péter Tóth, University Library, Budapest
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Theology
Paper 621-c'Let us make man': Trinitarian Exegesis of Genesis 1:26 in Medieval Rus'
(Language: English)
Ágnes Kriza, Research Group for Historical Russian Studies, Eötvös Loránd University / Center for Russian Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

The question of orthodoxy and heresy is often regarded as the reaction to the fundamental goal of preserving the unity of the Christian faith, by attacking and eliminating those enemies who could bring this unity into danger. The Holy Writ was the cornerstone of Christian faith and was considered the basis on which the medieval Church, the earthly and political body of Christian faith, was built. But, how did the Church try to preserve the ‘unity of the Holy Writ’, which was at stake not only because of heretical movements but as a consequence of the wide diffusion, the various interpretations, the translations, and the textual corruption? How was the Holy Writ used in polemics against heretical movements? And finally, which was the attitude of the Church towards the lay readers of the Holy Writ?