By Ellen M. Ross
Photograph portrayals of the ache Jesus Christ pervade past due 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 demise. In The Grief of God, although, Ellen Ross deals a distinct figuring out of the aim of this imagery and its desiring to the folk of the time. studying a variety of textual and pictorial proof, the writer unearths that the bleeding flesh of the wounded Savior manifests divine presence; within the intensified corporeality of the soreness Jesus whose flesh not just condemns, but additionally 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 discomfort and affliction, the writer indicates, represent an pressing attract reply to Jesus' expression of affection. She additionally explains how the inscribing of Christ's discomfort at the our bodies of believers now and then erased the bounds among human and divine in order that holy people, and specifically, holy ladies, participated within the transformative strength of Christ. In interpreting the dialects of mercy and justice; the development of sacred house and time; sacraments and formality occasion, social motion, and divine judgment; and the dynamics of women's public non secular authority, this research of faith and tradition explores the which means of the past due medieval Christian confirmation that God bled and wept and suffered at the pass to attract people to Godself. This interdisciplinary examine of sermon literature, manuscript illuminations and church wall work, drama, hagiographic narratives, and non secular treaties illuminates the non secular sensibilities, practices, and ideology that constellate round the past due medieval fascination with the bleeding physique of the anguish Jesus Christ.