RELS534 - CATHOLIC AFT VATICAN II

The Bible was the most important book of medieval Europe, inspiring a vast body of scholarship and commentary. This course will explore the biblical culture of western medieval Christianity from Roman late antiquity to the eve of the Protestant Reformation. We will consider the form of the received Latin Bible, how it developed over the centuries, and how it gradually was translated into European vernaculars. Making use of original resources in the Penn libraries, we will look at the traditions of biblical learning from commentaries to preaching to glossed texts, and consider the wider roles of the Bible in Jewish/Christian relationships and the medieval book trade, and the influence of biblical language and imagery on medieval vernacular literature and art. Our emphasis will be on primary sources. Ability to read Latin and some medieval vernaculars will be useful, but most readings will be available in English. Each student will be responsible for a class presentation and a research paper.
Section 301 - SEM
W 0200PM-0400PM
MATTER, E
WILLIAMS HALL 319