This book examines the manuscripts and text of Lanfranc's commentary on St. Paul to reconsider Lanfranc's influence upon educated culture of the eleventh century. Lanfranc's assimilation of patristic sources and his adaptation of rhetorical methods to biblical exegesis demonstrate his personal theological development as well as expectations he established for his students. Specifically, the commentary indicates a monastic curriculum that was both creative, by combining classical methods and theological inquiry, and conservative, by restricting these methods to the precepts of Ciceronian rhetoric and condemning other masters' methods. Lanfranc's commentary contributes to a broader discussion of the methods under consideration in the schools of northern France in the eleventh century and the possible competition among masters and their conflicting curricula.
Teacher in Faith and Virtue
Eva De Visscher, University of Oxford, Aberystwyth University
In Reading the Rabbis Eva De Visscher examines the level of Hebrew scholarship, programme of literal exegesis, and use of Jewish and Christian Hebraist sources in two commentaries on the Psalms by English polymath Herbert of Bosham (c.1120-c.1194).
Edited by Jane Beal, Colorado Christian University
In Illuminating Moses: A History of Reception, readers discover the roles of Moses from the Exodus to the Renaissance--law-giver, leader, prophet, writer, man of God--and their impact on Jewish and Christian cultures.
This book is the first history of the twelfth-century Glossa Ordinaria, the ubiquitous biblical commentary of the Middle Ages and the first university textbook. Based on manuscript evidence, it explores this monumental work, its authorship, content, layout, production and use.
Edited by Ineke Van 't Spijker
The articles in this volume explore early-Christian and medieval biblical exegesis as the site of discourse on theological, philosophical and political issues and of the hermeneutics investigating the relation between the surface and the deeper meaning of the text.
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