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Andrew of Saint Victor on Isaiah

Frans van Liere adds a new chapter to the edition of Andrew of Saint Victor's literary legacy, the edition of his Expositio super Ysaiam as volume 53C of the Corpus Christianorum. Continuatio Mediaevalis.

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Andrew of Saint Victor was one of the most prominent biblical scholars of the twelfth century. He was a regular canon of the Parisian abbey of St Victor, which in the twelfth century had developed into a prestigious center of spiritual learning, closely connected to the nascent university in Paris. Because of his frequent use of Jewish exegetical materials, Andrew's commentaries are a rich source for the history both of biblical hermeneutics and of inter-religious dialogue during the Middle Ages. His Isaiah commentary caused outrage among medieval Christian scholars because it eschewed traditional christological interpretations, and instead offered a reading "secundum Hebraeos." Scholars have seen Andrew of St Victor as standing at the cradle of a scholarly interest in the Biblical text, which influenced scholars such as the fourteenth-century Franciscan Nicholas of Lyra, and, in the long run, reformers such as John Wycliff, Martin Luther, and John Calvin.

Frans van Liere holds a Ph.D. in medieval studies from Groningen University and is Professor of History at Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI (USA).

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