Session344
TitleFlavius Josephus in the Middle Ages: Another Church Father?
Date/TimeMonday 3 July 2017: 16.30-18.00
 
SponsorDépartement d'Histoire, l'Université du Québec à Montréal
 
OrganiserRichard M. Pollard, Département d'Histoire, Université du Québec à Montréal
 
Moderator/ChairBenjamin Garstad, Department of Humanities, MacEwan University, Alberta
 
Paper 344-a Petrus Comestor and the Manuscript Transmission of Josephus in 12th-Century France
(Language: English)
Sophie Caflisch, Institut für Historische Theologie, Universität Bern
Anthony Ellis, Institut für Klassische Philologie, Universität Bern
Index Terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies; Language and Literature - Latin; Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 344-b Josephus and the Church Fathers: By the Numbers
(Language: English)
Richard M. Pollard, Département d'Histoire, Université du Québec à Montréal
Index Terms: Computing in Medieval Studies; Hebrew and Jewish Studies; Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 344-c Josephus at Saint Victor: Hebrew Truth or Jewish Perfidy?
(Language: English)
Frans van Liere, Department of History, Calvin College, Michigan
Index Terms: Biblical Studies; Hebrew and Jewish Studies
 
AbstractThe ancient Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (d. 100 CE) had a pervasive influence on a great many aspects of medieval culture, including biblical exegesis, historiography, sermons, even travel literature and manuals of morality. This influence is not yet widely recognised, even though the scholar Heinz Schreckenberg once suggested that Josephus constituted 'almost' another Church Father. This panel will highlight some new ongoing work (in Canada, the USA, and Switzerland) that is offering a fresh perspective on how Josephus shaped medieval thought. Together, the papers will turn on assessing Schreckenberg's provocative suggestion, comparing Josephus' role in medieval culture to other, more traditional Fathers.