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Otfrids Verkündigung


Benz, Maximilian (2016). Otfrids Verkündigung. Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, 52(2):193-211.

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In Otfrid of Weissenburg’s Evangelienbuch we can find an underlying concept of fluid transformation of different media. The scene of the annunciation to Mary, told in the chapter Missus est Gabrihel angelus, serves as a starting point for an interpretation focused on salvation history. The angel’s message, the diuri árunti, which leaves the divine sphere in order to enter the human world, always refers to the textual representations of the relevant salvatory events. Both Mary and the recipient of the Evangelienbuch experience consent to the angel’s message and its orientation towards resurrection through their bodies. The way to salvation lies within the passio. Otfrid expresses the hermeneutic procedure through an imagery of physical activities such as drinking refreshing water or tasty wine, as is seen in his account of the marriage of Cana. In terms of the memorial action instructed by the text, the wine symbolizes the blood of Christ collected at the holy cross. Otfrid’s Gospel Book therefore can rather be seen as an oscillating fluidum than an elaborate textus. The imagery of textus refers to the Christian community, as whose humble member Otfrid regards himself.

Abstract

In Otfrid of Weissenburg’s Evangelienbuch we can find an underlying concept of fluid transformation of different media. The scene of the annunciation to Mary, told in the chapter Missus est Gabrihel angelus, serves as a starting point for an interpretation focused on salvation history. The angel’s message, the diuri árunti, which leaves the divine sphere in order to enter the human world, always refers to the textual representations of the relevant salvatory events. Both Mary and the recipient of the Evangelienbuch experience consent to the angel’s message and its orientation towards resurrection through their bodies. The way to salvation lies within the passio. Otfrid expresses the hermeneutic procedure through an imagery of physical activities such as drinking refreshing water or tasty wine, as is seen in his account of the marriage of Cana. In terms of the memorial action instructed by the text, the wine symbolizes the blood of Christ collected at the holy cross. Otfrid’s Gospel Book therefore can rather be seen as an oscillating fluidum than an elaborate textus. The imagery of textus refers to the Christian community, as whose humble member Otfrid regards himself.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of German Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:430 German & related languages
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:28 Dec 2016 08:00
Last Modified:28 Dec 2016 08:00
Publisher:University of Toronto Press
ISSN:0037-1939
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.3138/seminar.52.2.6
Related URLs:http://www.recherche-portal.ch/ZAD:default_scope:ebi01_prod000979522 (Library Catalogue)

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