Session 344: Flavius Josephus in the Middle Ages: Another Church Father?
Monday 3 July 2017, 16.30-18.00
|Sponsor:||Département d'Histoire, l'Université du Québec à Montréal|
|Organiser:||Richard M. Pollard, Département d'Histoire, l'Université du Québec à Montréal|
|Moderator/Chair:||Benjamin Garstad, Department of Humanities, MacEwan University, Alberta|
|Paper 344-a||Petrus Comestor and the Manuscript Transmission of Josephus in 12th-Century France|
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
|Paper 344-b||Josephus and the Church Fathers: By the Numbers|
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Language and Literature - Latin
|Paper 344-c||Josephus at Saint Victor: Hebrew Truth or Jewish Perfidy?|
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
The ancient Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (d. 100 CE) had a pervasive influence on a great many aspects of medieval culture, including biblical exegesis, historiography, sermons, even travel literature and manuals of morality. This influence is not yet widely recognised, even though the scholar Heinz Schreckenberg once suggested that Josephus constituted ‘almost’ another Church Father. This panel will highlight some new ongoing work (in Canada, the USA, and Switzerland) that is offering a fresh perspective on how Josephus shaped medieval thought. Together, the papers will turn on assessing Schreckenberg’s provocative suggestion, comparing Josephus’ role in medieval culture to other, more traditional Fathers.