Bede on bodily sickness, episcopal identity and monastic asceticism
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The value of bodily affliction as a means for integrating an active life of good works on earth with the contemplative values of heaven, prior to the return of Christ and the world's end, remains relatively unexplored, despite suffering saints being a common medieval trope. Using the work of Gregory the Great and the Venerable Bede, this article seeks to explore the interrelation of an active contemplative life and bodily affliction to shed light upon Bede's use of Gregory and his presentation of Cuthbert's episcopate to forge a distinctive understanding of the links between bodily illness, episcopal identity and the biblical ordering of time, as that ordering finds expression in biblical eschatology and apocalyptic.
Collett , J R 2022 , ' Bede on bodily sickness, episcopal identity and monastic asceticism ' , Studies in Church History , vol. 58 , pp. 28 - 45 . https://doi.org/10.1017/stc.2022.2
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