The Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages

The Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages

The Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages

The Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages

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A book so ambitious in scope as this one could only be produced as a result of collaboration: I am very grateful to all who have helped. My especial debts are to Prof. F. M. Powicke, to the late Mgr. George Lacombe, to Dom André Wilmadrt and the Benedictines of Mont César, to Fr. Daniel Callus and Fr. Thomas Gilby, O.P., to Dr. Eleanor Rathbone, and to Dr. R. W. Hunt who contributed criticism and information to each section as it was written. The late Dr. H. Kantorowicz kindly wrote a note on legal and medical glosses, for purposes of comparison, which has been included in Chapter II. ii. For the Jewish sources of the Victorines I depended on the collaboration of the Rabbi Dr. L. Rabinowitz, for the Hebrew material in Chapter VI. iii on that of the late Mr. H. Loewe, who first realized the importance of the Lambeth Psalter and arranged for our work on it. Dr. N. Rubinstein has made the indexes.

The Jex-Blake research fellowship at Girton College enabled me to undertake the writing of the book, and the kindness of the Fellows in extending their hospitality for two years enabled me to finish. The Council of Trinity College, Cambridge, generously made me a year's grant from the Birkbeck lecture fund to work on the Hebrew-Latin Psalter in the College Library with Mr. Loewe. A grant from the Hort fund covered the expenses of photography.

The book is dedicated to Mrs. K. Leys of St. Hilda's College, who introduced me to historical research.

I have to thank Mr. J. P. R. Lyell for allowing me to photograph a manuscript of the Gloss on St. John in his collection for Plate I. This manuscript is important as it considerably strengthens the case for ascribing the compilation of the Gloss on St. John to Anselm of Laon. Unfortunately I did not see it in time to mention it in the text. Plate II is reproduced from my pamphlet on Hebrew-Latin Psalters, with acknowledgments to the publishers, Messrs. Shapiro, Vallentine & Co.

The war has prevented me from checking my references to many manuscripts. Two of my transcripts from MS. Pembroke College, Cambridge 45, are lost, and the volume is now inaccessible; so no Latin text can be given for the translations on pp. 110-11, 119-20. Since my translations . . .

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