IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 721: Cultural and Textual Dynamics in the Medieval Bible Tradition, II: Holy Writ and Lay Readers

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 14.15-15.45

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:Cornelia Linde, Warburg Institute, University of London
Paper 721-aLay Readers of the Bible at Rome?
(Language: English)
Marianne Sághy, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 721-bReading the Bible in Late Medieval Italy
(Language: English)
Sabrina Corbellini, Oudere Nederlandse Letterkunde Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26 9712 EK GRONINGEN
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Education, Language and Literature - Italian, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 721-cForbidden Ground for Lay Medieval Readers: The Spiritual Sense of the Biblical Text
(Language: English)
Elisabeth Meyer, Faculty of Theology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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?