RELS533 - MEDIEVAL CHURCH HISTORY: BIBLE IN THE MIDDLE AGES

This course is an overview of the role of biblical texts in medieval western Christianity, encompassing the years 400-1500, from Italy to the British Isles. Major questions will include: what was the "Bible" in this especially as found in material texts? How were biblical texts interpreted by western Christians? How was this tradition of interpretation influenced by eastern Christianity, Judaism and Islam? We will read major authors from Augustine of Hippo to John Wycliffe, including monastic and scholastic authors, and consider the role of biblical glosses, especially the Glossa Ordinaria, in this tradition. A research paper will be required; this may be adapted to the special interests of each student. This seminar will be useful background for graduate and advanced undergraduate students of medieval and early modern history, vernacular and Latin literature, history of art, music and religion. Some knowledge of Latin and/or medieval vernacular languages is useful but not required.
Section 401 - SEM
W 0200PM-0500PM
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CLAUDIA COHEN HALL 237