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The Bible in Late Antiquity and the Medieval Period

Despite attracting a reputation for its mere preservation of the Bible, rather than its interpretive innovation, Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages saw the Bible used and interpreted in a wide variety of ways in both the Jewish and Christian traditions.   Trinity College Dublin’s rich collection of MSS including, but by no means limited to, the famous Book of Kells, offers evidence of the Irish use of the Bible as well as its remarkable tradition of illumination. In addition to current projects in this area, research on the Bible in Late Antiquity and the Medieval Period is being undertaken by the following staff and associates of the Centre.

Prof Martin MacNamara (Emeritus)

My longstanding interest in the Bible in Ireland  has resulted in a variety of publications including The Psalms in the Early Irish Church (2000), and Irish Biblical Apocrypha (with Herbert; 2004).  I am currently giving direction to the Insular Latin Gospels Project (see projects) along with Dr Hugh Haughton (University of Birmingham).  For contact details click here.

Dr Bernard Meehan (Keeper of Manuscripts)

My research focuses on insular manuscripts, history and culture including the rich tradition of gospel preservation, interpretation and illumination in Ireland. Recent publications include The St Cuthbert Gospel. Studies on the Insular Gospel of John (2015) and The Book of Kells (London, 2012).  For more information or to get in touch, visit my staff page.

Prof Anna Chahoud (Classics)

One of my research interests is the Early Latin language and literature and the transmission of Latin texts from antiquity to the early modern period.  My concern with the survival of fragmentary Latin texts has led me to study the grammatical tradition of Late Antiquity, the medieval transmission and the early-modern reception of Latin texts and the Latin Bible. For more information or to get in touch, visit my staff page.

Dr Daniele Pevarello

I am at present involved with coordinating the Irish-based transcription for the Insular Latin Gospels Project.  For more information about the project or to enquire about getting involved, please visit my staff page.

Dr Laura Cleaver

My research concentrates on the decoration of twelfth- and thirteenth-century manuscripts from northern Europe.  I am interested in the use of imagery to enrich and comment on devotional experience.  My recent publications include Latin Psalter Manuscripts in Trinity College Dublin and the Chester Beatty Library (co-authored with Helen Conrad O’Briain) and from autumn 2016  I will be looking at evidence for the use of manuscripts in personal prayer.  For more information or to get in touch, visit my staff page