Reading the Bible in the Middle Ages Paperback

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Reading the Bible in the Middle Ages

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For earlier medieval Christians, the Bible was the book of guidance above all others, and the route to religious knowledge, used for all kinds of practical purposes, from divination to models of government in kingdom or household. This book's focus is on how medieval people accessed Scripture by reading, but also by hearing and memorizing sound-bites from the liturgy, chants and hymns, or sermons explicating Scripture in various vernaculars. Time, place and social class determined access to these varied forms of Scripture. Throughout the earlier medieval period, the Psalms attracted most readers and searchers for meanings. This book's contributors probe readers' motivations, intellectual resources and religious concerns.
They ask for whom the readers wrote, where they expected their readers to be located and in what institutional, social and political environments they belonged; why writers chose to write about, or draw on, certain parts of the Bible rather than others, and what real-life contexts or conjunctures inspired them; why the Old Testament so often loomed so large, and how its law-books, its histories, its prophetic books and its poetry were made intelligible to readers, hearers and memorizers. This book's contributors, in raising so many questions, do justice to both uniqueness and diversity.

Reading the Bible in the Middle Ages was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in March 2017. The ISBN for Reading the Bible in the Middle Ages is 9781350036284.

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Details for Reading the Bible in the Middle Ages

Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (March 2017)
Number of Pages296
Thickness16 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4500651
Page last updated 2nd March 2018
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