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How the Glossed Page Conducts Thought: Literal and Allegorical Ductus in Nicholas of Lyra’s Postilla and Some Later Glossed Bibles

McDermott, Ryan (2014) How the Glossed Page Conducts Thought: Literal and Allegorical Ductus in Nicholas of Lyra’s Postilla and Some Later Glossed Bibles. In: The 60th Annual Meeting of the RSA, March 2014 - March 2014, New York, NY. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Henri de Lubac influentially argued in his four-volume Medieval Exegesis that after Nicholas of Lyra’s postilla on the Bible in the fourteenth century, literal and spiritual exegesis became divorced, leading to the Protestant valorization of textually immanent meaning over and against theologically informed reading, and so eventually to the modern disciplinary chasm between historical-critical biblical studies and theology. Drawing on contemporary examples of glossed and unglossed Bibles, indexes, and concordances from the library of the Abbey of Clairvaux (now in Troyes), I will argue that Nicholas’s “literal turn,” far from inaugurating a rupture in exegetical theory, more fundamentally marks a return to a particular readerly ductus and style of commentary found in the Glossa ordinaria and its foremost authority on the literal sense, Jerome. I will conclude by considering how this glossarial nostalgia compares to that of the Geneva Bible.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
McDermott, Ryanrjm95@pitt.eduRJM95
Date: 2014
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: THE BIBLE AND ENGLISH READERS I: FROM MEDIEVAL TO RENAISSANCE
Publisher: Renaissance Society of America
Event Title: The 60th Annual Meeting of the RSA
Event Dates: March 2014 - March 2014
Event Type: Conference
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: Lecture Presentation was sponsored by Medieval-Renaissance Colloquium at Rutgers University.
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2014 17:13
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 05:01
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/23068

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