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Medieval Exegesis and Religious DifferenceCommentary, Conflict, and Community in the Premodern Mediterranean$
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Ryan Szpiech

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264629

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264629.001.0001

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Exegesis as Autobiography

Exegesis as Autobiography

The Case of Guillaume De Bourges

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(p.200) 13 Exegesis as Autobiography
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Medieval Exegesis and Religious Difference
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Steven F. Kruger

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823264629.003.0013

This chapter looks at the biblical commentaries of the thirteenth-century Jew Guillaume de Bourges, converted to Christianity under the aegis of the archbishop of Bourges, Guillaume de Donjeon. By examining the identification of Guillaume de Bourges with the woman taken in adultery (from John 8:1–11), the author shows how the author worked to subvert the authority of his critics by embracing rather than resisting their imposed identity. In exploring this strategy, he also links Guillaume with other convert-polemicists such as Pablo de Santa María and the fourteenth-century Hebrew author Abner of Burgos/Alfonso of Valladolid, all of whom pertain to a single tradition of blending polemical writing, exegesis, and autobiography.

Keywords:   Guillaume de Bourges, conversion, Christian Biblical exegesis, autobiography, gender studies, queer studies

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