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Taking little Jesus to school in two thirteenth-century latin psalters from south Germany

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This chapter briefly discusses the two images of Jesus being taken to school in two thirteenth-century Latin Psalters from South Germany. The author's contention is that the opposition of the Old Law and the New Grace is deployed in the Waldkirch Psalter in order to articulate tensions within Christian society between an essentially monastic ideal of learning and those new forms of learning informed by scholasticism. It is clear that there are significant differences between the two early thirteenth-century versions of the Schooling scene in the Waldkirch and Liverpool Psalters. Both the Waldkirch and Liverpool Psalters picture the same apocryphal episode from Jesus’ childhood, in which his parents attempt to have him schooled; yet these two images arrive at quite independent figurations that gloss the apocryphal texts and translate them into their own world of the early thirteenth century.

Keywords: apocryphal texts; Christian society; Jesus; Latin Psalters; Liverpool Psalters; New Grace; Old Law; South Germany; Waldkirch Psalter



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