Nicholas of Lyra: The Senses of Scripture


The first modern study of Nicholas of Lyra. A Franciscan teacher at the University of Paris, Nicholas (d. 1349) was an immensely important biblical commentator whose works influenced generations of scholars including Luther. Famed for his knowledge of Hebrew learning, as well as of the Latin Fathers, Nicholas was also highly conscious of interpretative method and of the Bible as literary artefact.
In his massive Postillae, Nicholas commented on the entire Bible according to both literal and spiritual senses. This masterpiece is the basis for fifteen essays which cover major biblical books, examining them in a variety of ways, such as interpretative history, theology, and even political theory. They illuminate the remarkable range of Nicholas' thinking, his impressive scholarship, and his Franciscan evangelism.
A major study of a key medieval writer.

Contributors include: Philippe Buc, Mary Dove, Theresa Gross-Diaz, Deeana Copeland Klepper, Philip D.W. Krey, Frans van Liere, Kevin Madigan, Corrine Patton, Michael A. Signer, Lesley Smith, and Mark Zier.

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Philip D.W. Krey, Ph.D. (1990), Chicago, is Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Early and Medieval Church History at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is the author of Nicholas of Lyra's Apocalypse Commentary.
Lesley Smith, Dphil. (1986), Oxford University, is Academic Bursar and Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford. She is the author of Medieval Exegesis in Translation: The Book of Ruth and of the Theology volume in The Medieval Book series.
' In their welcome collection of essays on the Franciscan biblical exegete Nicholas of Lyra (1270-1349), Philip Krey and Lesley Smith seek to address those issues that have recently sparked interest in this scholar in several areas of medieval studies.'
Ruth Nisse, The Journal of Religion.
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1. Creation, Fall and Salvation: Lyra's Commentary on Genesis 1-3, Corrine Patton
2. The Rewards of Faith: Nicholas of Lyra on Ruth, Lesley Smith
3. The Literal Sense of the Books of Samuel and Kings: from Andrew of StVictor to Nicholas of Lyra, Frans van Liere
4. The Book of Kings: Nicholas of Lyra's Mirror of Princes, Philippe Buc
5. What's a Good Soldier to Do? Scholarship and Revelation in the Postills on the Psalms, Theresa Gross-Diaz
6. Literal Senses in the Song of Songs, Mary Dove
7. Vision and History: Nicholas of Lyra on the Prophet Ezechiel, Michael A. Signer
8. Nicholas of Lyra on the Book of Daniel, Mark Zier
9. Lyra on the Gospel of Matthew, Kevin Madigan
10. The GospelTruth: Nicholas of Lyra on John, Lesley Smith
11. ‘The Old Law Prohibits the Hand and Not the Spirit’: The Law and the Jews in Nicholas of Lyra’s Romans Commentary of 1329, Philip D.W. Krey
12. The Apocalypse Commentary of 1329: Problems in Church History, Philip D.W. Krey
13. Nicholas of Lyra and Franciscan Interest in Hebrew Scholarship, Deeana Copeland Klepper

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Index of Scriptural References
All those interested in biblical studies, the history of biblical exegesis, intellectual history, the history of the Church, Jewish-Christian studies, Franciscan history, and the history of hermeneutics.