Book Series Transcultural Medieval Studies, vol. 1

Transcultural Approaches to the Bible

Exegesis and Historical Writing across Medieval Worlds

Matthias M. Tischler, Patrick S. Marschner (eds)

  • Pages: viii + 254 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:19 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2021

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-59285-5
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This volume brings together global scholarship into the role of the Bible in the transcultural societies of the Euro-Mediterranean world and beyond in a strictly comparative and multidisciplinary manner.


“In all, the reader will find much of value in this volume, and it would seem that the series is off to a good start.” (Frans van Liere, in The Medieval Review, 22.03.01)

“What this book achieves is a significant contribution to the global Middle Ages and a reminder that ignoring the Bible contributes to cultural illiteracy.” (Thomas A. Fudge, in Parergon, 39/1, 2022, p. 272)


Prof. Dr. Matthias M. Tischler (UAB) is ICREA Research Professor at the Institut d’Estudis Medievals/Departament de Ciències de l’Antiguitat de l’Edat Mitjana of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra, and Member of the Academia Europaea. He is the editor-in-chief of TMS.

Dr. Patrick S. Marschner is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut für Mittelalterforschung of the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna.


This volume, the first in the new series Transcultural Medieval Studies, draws together scholars from around the world to offer new insights into the importance and role of the Bible across the varied cultures of medieval Europe. The papers gathered here take a comparative and multidisciplinary approach to the subject, focusing on the biblical background of perceptions of the religious and cultural ‘Self ’ and ‘Other’ in the Mediterranean, in Latin Europe, and in the Baltic. In doing so, the contributions identify commonalities and differences of the ‘uses of the Bible’ in these various worlds, combining and contrasting studies on Bible manuscripts, their exegesis, and their use for historical writing.


Scientific Challenges in a Changing World: Transcultural Medieval Studies in the Twenty-First Century — MATTHIAS M. TISCHLER

Bible, Exegesis and Historiography in the Medieval Worlds: Crossing Histories from a Transcultural Point of View — MATTHIAS M. TISCHLER AND PATRICK S. MARSCHNER

Part I: The Iberian World

Reframing Salvific History in a Transcultural Society: Iberian Bibles as Models of Historical, Prophetic and Eschatological Writing — MATTHIAS M. TISCHLER

The Bible of Vic (1268): Textual and Theological Value of its Glosses in the Context of the Barcelona Disputation (1263) — EULÀLIA VERNET I PONS

The Chronicle of Sampiro, the Arabs, and the Bible: Eleventh-Century Christian-Iberian Strategies of Identifying the Cultural and Religious ‘Other’ — PATRICK S. MARSCHNER

Part II: Latin Europe and the Near East

Scripture, Hierarchy, and Social Control: The Uses of the Bible in the Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Chronicles and Chansons of the Crusades — SINI KANGAS

Condemned Sisters, Effeminate Brothers, and Damned Heretics: Ezekiel 23 and the Negotiation of Clerical Sexuality in the Thirteenth Century — LYDIA M. WALKER

Part III: The Baltic World

How to Fit the ‘Livs’ into Sacred History? Identifying the Cultural ‘Other’ in the Earliest Latin Sources Depicting the Livonian Crusade — PETER FRAUNDORFER

Wolves in the Wilderness: Biblical Typology and the Envisioning of Lithuanian Pagans in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries — STEFAN DONECKER