Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Sleep of BehemothDisputing Peace and Violence in Medieval Europe, 1000-1200$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jehangir Yezdi Malegam

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451324

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451324.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Cornell University Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Cornell University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in Cornell for personal use. date: 21 September 2021

Dueling Sacraments

Dueling Sacraments

The Communion of Judas Iscariot

Chapter:
(p.115) Chapter 4 Dueling Sacraments
Source:
The Sleep of Behemoth
Author(s):

Jehangir Yezdi Malegam

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451324.003.0005

This chapter shows how Judas imagery had brought together several related concerns about the peace of the church. Peace was a sacrament, held to be so in oaths of reconciliation (sacramenta), alliances, and of course in the Mass itself. It therefore had the potential for misuse, distortion, and falsification. Judas exemplified a purveyor of false peace, not only because he was a sinful priest but because he had traded God’s body for money and had taken communion with him while holding treason in his heart. Debates over what Judas had taken at the Last Supper thus became a means of expressing clerical concerns about mirror sacraments and the falsification of peace on earth. In the process of resolving the question of Judas’s communion, the early twelfth-century canon Alger of Liège created a theological framework for membership in the church, whereby the Eucharist distinguished between true and false peace.

Keywords:   Eucharist, false peace, Judas Iscariot, Judas imagery, communion, sacramenta, mirror sacraments, sacraments

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.