IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1308: Social Cohesion, III: The Bible and Historiography in the Euromediterranean World

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:European Research Council Project 'Social Cohesion, Identity & Religion in Europe (SCIRE)'
Organiser:Clemens Gantner, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Gerda Heydemann, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien / Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien
Paper 1308-aBiblical History as a Tool of Integration and Distinction in Gothic Historiography
(Language: English)
Philipp Dörler, Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought
Paper 1308-bIberian Bible Manuscripts as Modes of Transcultural Historical Perception
(Language: English)
Matthias Martin Tischler, Institut d'Estudis Medievals, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Political Thought
Paper 1308-cBible and Biblical Exegesis in the Transcultural Iberian Historical Writing
(Language: English)
Patrick Marschner, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Political Thought
Abstract

This session will show how the Christian transcultural societies of the Early and Central Middle Ages compared themselves with the peoples known from the Old Testament and with their cultural and religious circumstances. This will be done from the perspective of selected Bible manuscripts and historical works. Philipp Dörler looks at the works of 6th-century historian Jordanes and the 7th-century bishop Isidore of Seville who pursue different strategies to anchor the Goths in universal history. He will investigate how biblical concepts found in these texts could be used either to integrate the Goths in or to distinguish them from the cultural and religious ‘Other’. Matthias Tischler and Patrick Marschner then concentrate on the Iberian Peninsula under Muslim rule: The presence of Muslims and Christians entailed numerous changes of perspective of the respective cultural and religious ‘Other’. The two papers try to show from the perspective of selected Bible manuscripts and historical works how the Christian Iberian transcultural societies placed themselves with regard to the Old Testament.