Illuminating Jesus in the Middle Ages, editor Jane Beal and other scholars analyse the reception history of images and ideas about Jesus in medieval cultures (6th–15th c.). They consider representations of Jesus in the liturgy of the medieval church, Psalters and psalm commentaries, bestiaries, the
Glossa ordinaria, and Middle English
vitae Christi as well as among the English, the Irish, and Europeans, adherents to the cult of the Holy Name, participants in the Feast of Corpus Christi, and medieval contemplatives, including Bede, Theophylact of Ochrid, Saint Francis, Gertrude the Great, Dante, Julian of Norwich, and medieval English and European visionaries, among others.
Contributors are Jane Beal, George Hardin Brown, Aaron Canty, Tomás Ó Cathasaigh, Thomas Cattoi, Andrew Galloway, Julia Bolton Holloway, Michael Kuczynski, Rob Lutton, Vittorio Montemaggi, Paul Patterson, Linda Stone, Lesley Sullivan Marcantonio, Larry Swain, Donna Trembinski, Nancy van Deusen, and Barbara Zimbalist.
Jane Beal, Ph.D. (2002), University of California, Davis, is a professor of English literature at the University of La Verne. She is the author or editor of numerous books, including
Illuminating Moses in the Middle Ages (Brill, 2014).
Table of contents
Acknowledgements Illustrations Abbreviations Contributors Introduction: Illuminating Jesus in the Middle AgesJane Beal 1
Jesus and the Psalms: The Witness of the Latin Liturgical SequenceNancy van Deusen 2
The Miracles of Jesus in the Writings of the Venerable BedeGeorge Hardin Brown 3
The “Hælend” and Other Images of Jesus in Anglo-Saxon EnglandLarry Swain 4
Christ as an Early Irish Hero: The Poems of Blathmac, Son of Cú BrettanTomás Ó Cathasaigh 5
The Teaching Logos: Christology and Tropology in Theophylact of Ochrid’s Interpretation of New Testament ParablesThomas Cattoi 6
“I Am”: The Glossa Ordinaria on John’s GospelLinda Stone 7
Devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus in the Medieval WestRob Lutton 8
The Unicorn as a Symbol for Christ in the Middle AgesJane Beal 9
Godly Bridegroom and Human BrideAndrew Galloway 10
Medieval Affective Piety and Christological Devotion: Juliana of Mont Cornillon and the Feast of Corpus ChristiBarbara Zimbalist 11
Imitatio Christi and Authority in the Lives of St. FrancisDonna Trembinski 12
Vision and Sacrament: Christ’s Humanity in the Spirituality of Gertrude the Great of HelftaAaron Canty 13
Christ as Turning Point in Dante’s CommediaVictorio Montemaggi and Lesley Sullivan 14
Jesus and the Christ in Two Middle English Psalm CommentariesMichael P. Kuczynski 15
Jesus as ‘Mother’ in Julian of Norwich’s Showing of LoveJulia Bolton Holloway 16
Translation Debates and Lay Accessibility in the Meditationes Vitae Christi and Middle English Lives of ChristPaul J. Patterson Bibliography Index
Anyone interested in the reception history of Jesus in the Middle Ages, especially scholars of medieval history, literature, theology, art, and culture and as well as advanced students and educated lay readers.