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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.

Dr Crawford Gribben

My Research Interests are in the history of biblical interpretation in early modernity, John Owen, puritanism, J.N. Darby, evangelicalism, apocalyptic writing. For more information or to get in touch visit my staff page.

Dr Zohar Hadromi-Allouche

My research interest covers the discursive relationship between the Hebrew Bible and Qur’an. I examine the construction of biblical characters and episodes in the Qur’an, as well as the implication of reading the Bible through a qur’anic prism. This research has led to several research projects, such as an article on Qur’an 93 as a response to Psalm 22 (JIQSA 3, 2019).

Dr Ruth Karras

My research interest covers ‘Medieval Women, Gender and Sexuality’. Current research focuses on King David as a figure of masculinity in medieval Christian and Jewish culture, drawing on a variety of sources from across Europe.

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).  Contact.

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.

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.

Prof Anna Chahoud

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.

Dr Jill Unkel

My research interests are in Manuscript illumination and iconography; history of the book; early European print culture. As Curator of the Western Collections at the Chester Beatty, I am responsible for the early Christian papyrus, European manuscripts and prints, and Christian manuscripts and bindings. My research interests cover manuscript illumination and iconography, the history of the book and early European print culture. I have curated a number of exhibitions at the museum, including Costume Parisiens (2013–14), Wicked Wit (2015–16) and Mystery of Mani (2019–20), with publications including Miniature Masterpiece: The Coëtivy Hours.