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CHST 656 - Jesus as Mother: The Medieval Spirituality of Maternality

3 credits
How is Christian religious life affected by perceiving Jesus as the mother of the faithful, and how did this portrayal of Jesus come into being? Medieval writers, both male and female, conceived of the maternality of Jesus as embodying feminine nurture in his spiritual and sacramental relationship with humankind. As historian Carolyn Bynum observes, “What writers in the high middle ages wished to say about Christ the savior who feeds the individual soul with his own blood was precisely and concisely said in the image of the nursing mother whose milk is her blood, offered to the child.” This course will examine spiritual, theological, and devotional texts and images from the high and later middle ages that cast Jesus as a divine mother in order to explore the sources, the logic and the power of this understanding of God. Students may choose to write either a formal historical research paper or to develop tools based in medieval sources to support contemporary worship in order to Prerequisite: CHST 502 .



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