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The manuscripts and text of Lanfranc of Bec's commentary on St. Paul


2002 2002

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The learned culture of Western Europe in the eleventh century promoted significant developments in monastic education. The methods used in a monastic classroom, the texts studied, and the format and function of glossed books were all undergoing a shift. Lanfranc wrote his commentary on St. Paul in the mid-eleventh century in preparation for assuming his role as prior of the Norman monastery of Bec and, accordingly, the commentary's text provides a critical opportunity to investigate the new attitudes and methods under evaluation in monastic curricula at this time. Examining the extant manuscripts of the commentary yields information regarding the production of glossed Bibles in the eleventh century, Lanfranc's stance toward authoritative theological sources, and his judgments regarding the application of classical sources to exegetical inquiry. These issues contribute to a reevaluation of the facts of Lanfranc's life and career, the date of the commentary's composition, and Lanfranc's place in eleventh century discussions concerning the role of the trivium arts in theological enterprise. Specifically, the commentary indicates a monastic curriculum that was both modern, as it combined classical methods and theological inquiry, and conservative, by strictly limiting the scope of classical methods to the precepts of Ciceronian rhetoric and by highlighting the use of dialectic as the method most detrimental to theological truths. Lanfranc's methodology contributes to a broader discussion of the emergence of new methods in the schools of northern France and the possible competition among disputatious masters and their conflicting curricula.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Religious history;
Bible;
Literature;
Middle Ages
Classification
0320: Religious history
0321: Bible
0297: Literature
0297: Middle Ages
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology, Language, literature and linguistics, Eleventh century, France, Lanfranc of Bec, Manuscripts, Paul, Saint
Title
The manuscripts and text of Lanfranc of Bec's commentary on St. Paul
Author
Collins, Ann Ryan
Number of pages
260
Publication year
2002
Degree date
2002
School code
0175
Source
DAI-A 63/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780493577586, 0493577580
Advisor
Matter, E. Ann
University/institution
University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3043861
ProQuest document ID
305514703
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305514703
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