The Maccabees in the Lord’s Temple: biblical imagery and Latin poetry in Frankish Jerusalem

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This chapter examines the use of the Maccabees in poetry connected with the Templum Domini (erstwhile Dome of the Rock) amid the emerging religious and political landscape of the kingdom of Jerusalem. Achard of Arrouaise, prior of the canons of the Templum Domini, composed a poem to make the case to the Frankish king of Jerusalem for the return of the treasures taken from the Templum Domini during the crusader capture of Jerusalem. Achard evoked the Maccabean resistance against religious persecution, with a pointed reflection on the treasures taken from the Jewish Temple by Antiochus IV. Achard’s successor Geoffrey composed an entire poem centered on the Maccabees, combining a versification of 1 and 2 Maccabees with a moral exegesis of the biblical text. He criticized the practice of simony and warned against political alliances motivated by greed. Both poems, while dealing with biblical subject matter, address pressing concerns of the authors’ own time and place.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelThe Uses of the Bible in Crusader Sources
RedaktørerElizabeth Lapina, Nicholas Morton
UdgivelsesstedLeiden
ForlagBrill
Publikationsdato2017
Sider421-439
ISBN (Trykt)978-90-04-34121-0
ISBN (Elektronisk)9789004284920
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2017
Udgivet eksterntJa
NavnCommentaria
Vol/bind7
ISSN1874-8236

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