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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 531: Spiritual Renewals, I

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Moderator/Chair:William L. North, Department of History, Carleton College, Minnesota
Paper 531-aSpiritual Renewal in Contemplating the Psalms and the Resurrected Christ
(Language: English)
Gamble Madsen, Faculty of Art, Monterey Peninsula College, California
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Biblical Studies, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Theology
Paper 531-bReverberations of Hesychasm in Wallachia and Moldavia in the 14th and 15th Centuries: A Spiritual Renewal
(Language: English)
Georgiana Huian, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Local History, Monasticism, Religious Life

Paper -a:
This presentation will address the theme of spiritual renewal in relation to select Psalms illustrated with images of the resurrected Christ, created between the 13th and 14th centuries. As the reader internalized the concepts of mercy and justice articulated in these particular hymns, he/she was able to simultaneously recognize the image of the resurrected Christ as the focus of salvation. These illustrations thereby participate in the emerging popularization of the Psalter while also reflecting contemporary exegesis that celebrated the 'Lord' of David as the Trinitarian Godhead which included the dual-natured Person of the Son, Jesus Christ.

Paper -b:
The development of hesychastic spirituality in Romanian provinces in the 14th century is related to the influence of the monastic centres of Paroria, established by Saint Gregory of Sinai (d. 1346), and Kelifarevo, founded by Saint Theodosius of Tarnovo (d. 1363). Moreover, impulses of monastic renewal came in Wallachia through the Romanian monks who went to CutlumuČ™ Monastery (Mount Athos), and through Saint Nicodemus (d. 1406), founder of several monasteries with cenobitic organization. The circulation of hesychastic writings had a great impact on monasticism in Wallachia and Moldavia, proved by the widespread existence of a certain monastic type called sihastru in the 15th century.