IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1709: Scrutinising Scripture: Sacred and Seminal

Thursday 5 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages
Organiser:Gail Lesley Blick, Independent Scholar, Monmouth
Moderator/Chair:William P. Hyland, School of Divinity, University of St Andrews
Paper 1709-aReading the Bible and Seeing Christ Coincidentally: Nicholas of Cusa's Use of the Bible
(Language: English)
Joshua Hollmann, Department of Theology, Concordia College, New York
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 1709-bAll in the Mind?: The Memory Topos, the Bible, and Women's Education
(Language: English)
Gail Lesley Blick, Independent Scholar, Monmouth
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Education, Literacy and Orality, Women's Studies

This session examines different aspects of scripture’s authority. The first paper demonstrates how Nicholas de Cusa employs his Bible knowledge to discuss church reform and philosophise about the future. Next, an example concerning Joan of Arc’s martyrdom: how the power of Bible readings was used as a means of influence, seeking to persuade and thereby to resolve the centuries-old conflict over control of land ownership. Finally, a paper demonstrating the case for women’s education: why Julian of Norwich’s groundbreaking mystical work abandons biblical Latin for the vernacular. The session illustrates the Bible’s use as an integral part of language, literature, and thought.