E. Ann Matter and Lesley Smith. from Knowledge to Beatitude: St. Victor, Twelfth-Century Scholars, and beyond. Essays in Honor of Grover A. Zinn, Jr

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E. Ann Matter and Lesley Smith. From Knowledge to Beatitude: St. Victor, Twelfth-Century Scholars, and Beyond. Essays in Honor of Grover A. Zinn, Jr. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press. Pp. 448. Cloth, $75.00; ISBN 978-0268035280.

From Knowledge to Beatitude is a collection of essays concentrating on Christian theology and spirituality in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, in honor of the medieval scholar, Grover A. Zinn, Jr. The essays, written by medieval scholars from various fields, are models for research methodologies in the fields of medieval or art history, exegesis, theology, or philosophy. These essays might be better suited for the graduate or doctoral-level student. Materials, themes, and individuals studied are connected to the Parisian School of St. Victor and range from the complicated examination of exegetical drawing for explanation and Glossed Bibles to medieval interpretations of scripture, thinking and living according to wisdom, preaching, female spiritual influences, and views on returning crusaders.

From Knowledge to Beatitude is of interest to current scholars attracted to Victorine spirituality and theology, as well as upper-division students seeking a generalized overview of the medieval connection between spirituality and biblical studies. …