Biblical Commentary and Translation in Later Medieval England: Experiments in Interpretations

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Biblical Commentary and Translation in Later Medieval England: Experiments in Interpretations

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Drawing extensively on unpublished manuscript sources, this study uncovers the culture of experimentation that surrounded biblical exegesis in fourteenth-century England. In an area ripe for revision, Andrew Kraebel challenges the accepted theory (inherited from Reformation writers) that medieval English Bible translations represent a proto-Protestant rejection of scholastic modes of interpretation. Instead, he argues that early translators were themselves part of a larger scholastic interpretive tradition, and that they tried to make that tradition available to a broader audience. Translation was thus one among many ways that English exegetes experimented with the possibilities of commentary. With a wide scope, the book focuses on works by writers from the heretic John Wyclif to the hermit Richard Rolle, alongside a host of lesser-known authors, including Henry Cossey and Nicholas Trevet, and many anonymous texts. The study provides new insight into the ingenuity of medieval interpreters willing to develop new literary-critical methods and embrace intellectual risks.

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9781108486644, 9781108708128

Publication Date

4-2020

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Cambridge University Press

Keywords

Bible, history, criticism, commentaries, interpretation, history, English history, Middle Ages, translating, versions

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Arts and Humanities

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Cambridge University Press

Biblical Commentary and Translation in Later Medieval England: Experiments in Interpretations

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