Session 832: Expositions on Bible Use from Bonaventure to Caxton
Tuesday 5 July 2016, 16.30-18.00
|Sponsor:||Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages|
|Organiser:||Gail Lesley Blick, Independent Scholar, Monmouth|
|Moderator/Chair:||Mary Raschko, Department of English, Whitman College, Washington|
|Paper 832-a||Bonaventure on the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Luke 2:22-39)|
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Theology
|Paper 832-b||Catherine of Siena and St Paul's Epistles|
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - Italian, Literacy and Orality, Theology
|Paper 832-c||Female Learning and Biblical Allusion|
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Literacy and Orality
|Paper 832-d||Bible Use in the Vernacular in the 15th Century|
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety
This Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages panel illustrates ways medieval spiritual writers used the Bible. The first two papers offer biblical feast: Bonaventure, the eminent thirteenth-century theologian, includes Bible Latin extensively; the uneducated lay Catherine of Siena, although her biblical knowledge was primarily oral, records significant portions of Paul’s Epistles in her writings.
Arundel’s Constitutions should have led to a dearth in Bible use. The last papers demonstrate a defiance of the injunctions: ‘illiterate’ Julian and Margery Kempe subtly employ Bible knowledge; Caxton exhibits substantial Bible translation. Medieval writers continued to offer spiritual nourishment to their audience through the provision of Bible wisdom.