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An Introduction to the Medieval Bible
van Liere, Frans

New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014 pp. xvi + 320. $28.99


Description: The Middle Ages spanned the period between two watersheds in the history of the biblical text: Jerome's Latin translation c. 405 and Gutenberg's first printed version in 1455. The Bible was arguably the most influential book during this time, affecting spiritual and intellectual life, popular devotion, theology, political structures, art, and architecture. In an account that is sensitive to the religiously diverse world of the Middle Ages, Frans van Liere offers here an accessible introduction to the study of the Bible in this period. Discussion of the material evidence Ė the Bible as book Ė complements an in-depth examination of concepts such as lay literacy and book culture. This Introduction includes a thorough treatment of the principles of medieval hermeneutics, and a discussion of the formation of the Latin bible text and its canon. It will be a useful starting point for all those engaged in medieval and biblical studies.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Prophetic Literature, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Book of the Twelve, Writings, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Johannine Literature, John, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Old Testament Apocrypha, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Form, Tradition and Redaction Criticism, Textual Criticism, Literary Approaches, Hermeneutics, Canonical Criticism, Psalms

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Review by Marcus Elder
Published 9/17/2015
Citation: Marcus Elder, review of Frans van Liere, An Introduction to the Medieval Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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