We, too, are representations of Jesus, images of God, which medieval folks know well. This episode thinks about the mystery cycles of late medieval England, Lollard heretics, and a non-medieval poem (gasp!) to help us think about the many faces of Jesus.
In honor of Good Friday, this episode considers medieval portrayals of Christ on the cross. They paid deep attention to Jesus's bodily suffering in order to recognize his divine love. Let's learn from sermons, anonymous poets, Herrad of Landsberg, Fra Angelico, and Mathias Grunewald.
How do we adapt Jesus to our agendas? How do we make him safe for us? This episode in the Lent series considers how Nicholas Love, a monk in the fifteenth-century, created a "good medieval Christian" Jesus.
In this episode in the Lent series, "The Many Faces of Jesus," we meditate on Jesus as Our Mother. Join medieval monks and anchorites to think through the beauty of this image.
If you’re a Protestant, or even if you’re a particular kind of Roman Catholic, the word scholasticism may cause you to grimace. But this episode in the Lent Series, "The Many Faces of Jesus" is going to think through the methods of scholasticism in talking about Jesus... and hopefully convince you that there's a lot of value there today for us in modernity.
Done is a battle on the dragon black! / Our champion Christ has confounded his force!
So begins a crackling, exciting poem by William Dunbar that thinks through the Resurrection with Jesus as a knight battling death and evil. We will meditate on this image together, especially through William Langland's vision of Jesus as a knight in the fantastic fourteenth-century poem, Piers Plowman.
This episode explores the ancient tradition of portraying Jesus as our intimate lover. There's some fascinating writers and art here: the fifteenth-century writer Margery Kempe, Pope Gregory the Great, medieval lyric poetry, and some... interesting... drawings of Jesus's side wound. What can we learn from this image today?
The second most ubiquitous representation of Jesus in the Middle Ages, after the Crucifixion, was Jesus seated in judgment on Doomsday. This version of Jesus is certainly less popular today! Grace considers the ramifications of this image for us through its appearance in Old English poetry and in the Doom paintings on the inside of all English medieval churches.