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Henri de Lubac's Genealogy of modern exegesis and Nicholas of Lyra's literal sense of scripture

McDermott, R (2013) Henri de Lubac's Genealogy of modern exegesis and Nicholas of Lyra's literal sense of scripture. Modern Theology, 29 (1). 124 - 156. ISSN 0266-7177

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According to Henri de Lubac's history of medieval exegesis, the fourteenth century marked the tipping point for the disintegration of history and allegory. The Postilla super totam bibliam of the Franciscan Nicholas of Lyra (1270-1349) plays a prominent role in this declension narrative by ceding the "spirit" of interpretation to the separate discipline of theology, and opening the space for critical biblical studies to attain autonomy. But what if Nicholas of Lyra was on the other side of this history? Arguing from the layout of early Postilla manuscripts and the institutional and manuscript culture of the fourteenth century, this article proposes that Nicholas's Postilla represents a vigorous and largely successful attempt to reintegrate Biblical text, historical scholarship, and theological exegesis. Nicholas's approach to the exegetical crises of his own day helps us to reassess the challenges and possibilities of theological exegesis today. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
McDermott, RRMcdermott@pitt.eduRJM95
Date: 1 January 2013
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Modern Theology
Volume: 29
Number: 1
Page Range: 124 - 156
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1111/moth.12006
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0266-7177
Article Type: Review
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2013 21:19
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 13:55


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