The Passions of Christ in High-Medieval Thought: An Essay on Christological Development

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Christus Passibilis?
Did Christ Experience Fear and Sorrow
in Gethsemane?

Coepit Iesus pavere et taedere

—Mark 14:33

Powerful and even inexpressibly poignant though it might be to modern readers, Jesus' Agony in the Garden (Matt 26:36–46; Mark 14:32–42; Luke 22:40–46) was a plague and embarrassment to patristic and medieval interpreters.1 Few narratives in the New Testament were so inimical to received christological assumptions. Ancient and medieval interpreters, at least those judged, ultimately, to be “orthodox,” ascribed to the Incarnate Word the qualities of divine consubstantiality, omnipotence, omniscience, obedience, and impassibility. However, the pericope, at least in its Markan and Matthean versions,2 presents them with a figure who appears in all-too-human form, that is, powerless, ignorant, recalcitrant, and passible.

In large part because of these narrative qualities, the Markan and Matthean narratives generated an enormous explanatory literature over the course of the first thirteen centuries of Christian history. The purpose of this chapter is to analyze, in the high-medieval interpretation of these narratives, a portion of that literature which again sharply focuses some fundamental questions on the use of patristic tradition in Christian thought, in particular on the perennial issue of continuity and change.

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