IMC 2017: Sessions

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-aPetrus Comestor and the Manuscript Transmission of Josephus in 12th-Century France
(Language: English)
Anthony Ellis, Institut für Klassische Philologie, Universität Bern
Sophie Caflisch, Institut für Historische Theologie, Universität Bern
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 344-bJosephus and the Church Fathers: By the Numbers
(Language: English)
Richard M. Pollard, Département d'Histoire, l'Université du Québec à Montréal
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 344-cJosephus at Saint Victor: Hebrew Truth or Jewish Perfidy?
(Language: English)
Frans van Liere, Department of History, Calvin College, Michigan
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Abstract

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.