The Letter to the Galatians

The Letter to the Galatians

The Letter to the Galatians

The Letter to the Galatians

Synopsis

This work on Galatians is the inaugural volume in a significant new commentary series, The Bible in Medieval Tradition, which seeks to reconnect today's Christians with part of the church's rich tradition of biblical interpretation.

Ian Christopher Levy has brought together six substantial commentaries on Galatians written between the ninth and the fourteenth centuries. Levy's clear, readable translations of these major texts -- previously unavailable in English -- are augmented by his in-depth introduction, which locates each author within the broad context of medieval scholarship.

Excerpt

The medieval period witnessed an outpouring of biblical interpretation, which included commentaries written in Latin in a wide array of styles over the course of a millennium. These commentaries are significant as successors to patristic exegesis and predecessors to Reformation exegesis, but they are important in their own right.

The major intent of this series, “The Bible in Medieval Tradition,” is to place newly translated medieval scriptural commentary into the hands of contemporary readers. in doing so, the series reacquaints the Church with its rich tradition of biblical interpretation. It fosters academic study, spiritual formation, preaching, discussion groups, and individual reflection. It also enables the contemporary application of this tradition. Each volume focuses on the era’s interpretation of one biblical book, or set of related books, and comprises substantial selections from representative exegetes and hermeneutical approaches. Similarly, each provides a fully documented introduction that locates the commentaries in their theological and historical contexts.

While interdisciplinary and cross-confessional interest in the Middle Ages has grown over the last century, it falls short if it does not at the same time recognize the centrality of the Bible to this period and its religious life. the Bible structured sermons, guided prayer, and inspired mystical visions. It was woven through liturgy, enacted in drama, and embodied in sculpture and other art forms. Less explicitly ecclesial works, such as Dante’s Divine Comedy, were also steeped in its imagery and narrative. Because of the Bible’s importance to the period, this series, therefore, opens a window not only to its religious practices but also to its culture more broadly.

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