Friday, December 23, 2011

How Medievals Read Scripture

Harvard Magazine's Adam Kirsch explains "that our whole way of thinking about the Bible, Vulgate or otherwise, is essentially foreign to the Middle Ages," in an absolutely fascinating article that touches on many themes — Mysteries and Masterpieces.
    "The medieval reader," writes Daniel Anlezark, of the University of Sydney, "was most likely to encounter the Bible as a collection of texts used in the liturgy; the idea of the Bible as a single book was unknown."
Those of us who pray what is called a Breviary, the Divine Office, or the Liturgy of the Hours, still read - or rather pray - scripture this way.

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