IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 510: New Perspectives on the Uses of Biblical Exegesis

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Moderator/Chair:Lydia Marie Walker, Department of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Paper 510-aEncyclopedic Memory: Hildegard of Bingen and Carolingian Exegesis
(Language: English)
Hannah W. Matis, Department of Church History, Virginia Theological Seminary
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism, Women's Studies
Paper 510-bUsing Biblical Exegesis in Commentaries or in Sermons: Edification or Demonstration of Know-How? - The Readings of the Epistle of St James in the Iberian Peninsula at the End of the 12th Century
(Language: English)
Amélie De Las Heras, Fondation Thiers, Paris / Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes (IRHT), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching

Paper -a:
The Kingdom of God was at the very heart of Jesus’s proclamation and mainly in the Lord’s Prayer. For Gregory of Nyssa, Ambrose of Milan and
The visions of Hildegard of Bingen are products not only of inspiration, but also of memory and meditation. Hildegard frequently criticised the theology of her day as neglecting the patristic tradition, and yet, what exposure to the patristics Hildegard had, she would have acquired mostly by ear through her participation in the liturgy and in the office – in short, tradition remembered both by Hildegard herself and through a Carolingian matrix. I examine how Hildegard’s intensely elaborate, even structural visions build on the symbolic universe created by earlier Carolingian exegetes, particularly Hrabanus Maurus and Paschasius Radbertus.

Paper -b:
The idea that biblical commentaries were used as a repository of interpretations for preaching, is questioned today. Martino de León’s Concordia (1203) provides an extraordinary case study: it contains the first four biblical commentaries written in the Christian Peninsula since Beatus of Liebana and his commentary on the Apocalypse, four centuries ago, and these are accompanied by numerous sermons. Our study will compare the interpretations of St. James’ epistle between the explanatio and the sermones, in order to clarify the functions of biblical exegesis regarding religious edification and the imperative radiance of a religious community; in short, regarding cognitive and social issues of memory.