February 06, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
The Mount’s longest-serving professor, James Finn Cotter, recently gave the talk “The Book Within the Book in Medieval Illumination.”
In honor of the fifth anniversary of the college’s Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center, James Finn Cotter, Mount Saint Mary College’s longest-serving professor, recently discussed books as a symbol of Christ in his talk “The Book Within the Book in Medieval Illumination.”
Cotter, an expert in illuminated manuscripts, noted that Christ is frequently pictured holding some sort of book or scroll in artistic depictions.
The importance of literature can also be found throughout secular history as well, though they often represent similar themes to their use in the Bible. For example, books could be traced back all the way to the Hellenistic period where they represented culture and learning, Cotter explained.
Cotter, who is a professor of English in the Mount’s Division of Arts and Letters, recently donated his personal library to the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center, which included further histories on Biblical literature. He hopes the books will help students learn the history of the four Gospels and why books are so important in society.