By Ellen M. Ross
Image portrayals of the soreness Jesus Christ pervade overdue medieval English paintings, literature, drama, and theology. those pictures were interpreted as indicators of a brand new emphasis at the humanity of Jesus. To others they point out a fascination with a terrifying God of vengeance and a morbid obsession with loss of life. In The Grief of God, notwithstanding, Ellen Ross bargains a unique knowing of the aim of this imagery and its desiring to the folk of the time. examining a variety of textual and pictorial facts, the writer unearths that the bleeding flesh of the wounded Savior manifests divine presence; within the intensified corporeality of the anguish Jesus whose flesh not just condemns, but in addition nurtures, heals, and feeds, believers meet a trinitarian God of mercy. Ross explores the rhetoric of transformation universal to English medieval creative, literary, and devotional assets. The extravagant depictions of ache and discomfort, the writer exhibits, represent an pressing entice reply to Jesus' expression of affection. She additionally explains how the inscribing of Christ's discomfort at the our bodies of believers from time to time erased the limits among human and divine in order that holy individuals, and specifically, holy girls, participated within the transformative strength of Christ. In examining the dialects of mercy and justice; the development of sacred house and time; sacraments and formality get together, social motion, and divine judgment; and the dynamics of women's public spiritual authority, this research of faith and tradition explores the that means of the overdue medieval Christian confirmation that God bled and wept and suffered at the go to attract folks to Godself. This interdisciplinary examine of sermon literature, manuscript illuminations and church wall work, drama, hagiographic narratives, and religious treaties illuminates the spiritual sensibilities, practices, and ideology that constellate round the overdue medieval fascination with the bleeding physique of the anguish Jesus Christ.