IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 205: Serving God: Offerings, Mission, and Education

Monday 1 July 2013, 14.15-15.45

Moderator/Chair:Dorothea Weber, Fachbereich Altertumswissenschaften, Universität Salzburg
Paper 205-aWhat Is More Pleasing to God?: Leviticus Rabbah on Leviticus 6:2
(Language: English)
Lorena Miralles Maciá, Departmento Estudios Semíticos, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Granada
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Language and Literature - Other, Theology
Paper 205-bServing at the King's Displeasure: Doubt, Dissent, and Disillusionment among Medieval Missionaries and Rulers
(Language: English)
Asya Bereznyak, Department of History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 205-cMasters and Disciples: Reflections about Education in the Visigothic Kingdom in the 7th Century
(Language: English)
Rodrigo Rainha, Universidade Estácio de Sá, Rio de Janeiro
Index terms: Education, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Liturgy

Paper -a:
Chapter seven of the Midrash Leviticus Rabbah (a Rabbinic commentary on the book of Leviticus, dated from the 4th-5th-Century Palestine) focuses on the explanation of Leviticus 6:2 (in NET 6:9): ‘Command Aaron and his sons, ‘This is the law of the burnt offering […]’, In connection with other biblical citations, the verse deals with the matter of the sacrifices, pointing out those that please the Lord. The current paper will be devoted to describing which offerings are beloved by God according to the interpretation of the Rabbis.

Paper -b:
While both historians and believers tend to remember (and venerate) early medieval missionaries as saints and heroes who have worked relentlessly to spread the Word among the pagan nations, this image can be quite misleading. Some missionaries abandoned their mission as soon as the locals were nominally converted, preferring to seek glorious death among ‘true pagans’. Others were disillusioned with their ability to affect an instantaneous conversion, but unable to show flexibility of methods and thought and bring about a more constant change. This paper will examine the less glorious aspects of the early medieval endeavours. By a simultaneous examination of missionaries’ less advertised motivations on the one hand, and the main strategies employed by local rulers in response to overzealous missionaries on the other hand, this paper will attempt to show the impact that different types of interactions between local rulers and missionaries had had on the shape that Christianity eventually assumed in different regions.

Paper -c:
Our comunication has as its object-relations master-discipline on the Visigothic kingdom in the 7th century, noting how this statement allows us to establish activities linked to reform and the religious organization of the Iberian Peninsula. This proposal outbreak of strangeness that the recurrence of instrumentalist are present in the pedagogical discourse of the Visigothic bishops, using formulas that consistently emphasized the need for education, appreciation of the masters, the institutionalization of education. To build our research will study four bishops, Isidore, Braulio of Zaragoza, Eugene of Toledo and Zaragoza Tajón, linked by letters exchanged and the exercise of legitimate reasons for the front of the episcopate to rely on their predecessors as a teacher. We understand that in the midst of socio-political gap faced by the Visigoths in the 7th century bishop, who was seen wrapped in political disputes, the question that the Church was in the background, some prominent members of the episcopate seek to strengthen the specific discourses of space.