The 'Injunction of Jeremiah': papal politicking and power in the Middle Ages

Rennie, Kriston R. (2014) The 'Injunction of Jeremiah': papal politicking and power in the Middle Ages. Journal of Medieval History, 40 1: 108-122. doi:10.1080/03044181.2013.838907


Author Rennie, Kriston R.
Title The 'Injunction of Jeremiah': papal politicking and power in the Middle Ages
Journal name Journal of Medieval History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0304-4181
1873-1279
Publication date 2014
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1080/03044181.2013.838907
Open Access Status
Volume 40
Issue 1
Start page 108
End page 122
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Throughout the Middle Ages, the 'Injunction of Jeremiah' (Jer. 1:10) was employed by countless ecclesiastical writers. Building on an established tradition, medieval contemporaries began applying the allegory of 'uprooting and destroying, building and planting' with an intentionally moral and political message. This article examines the Old Testament call narrative with a view to understanding how and why it served medieval popes and other high-ranked ecclesiastics as a political and rhetorical mechanism for legitimising ecclesiastical authority. It argues for a noticeable and deliberate shift in textual interpretation in the ninth century, after which period medieval popes and influential church figures alike marshalled the Injunction to help strengthen the centralising ideology of Rome and her bishop. The effect, it is concluded, contributed ultimately to reinforcing the papacy's claims to govern spiritual and temporal matters throughout Christian society.
Keyword Centralisation
Jeremiah
Legitimacy
Medieval papacy
Papal ideology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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