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The Insight of Unbelievers: Nicholas of Lyra and Christian Reading of Jewish Text in the Later Middle Ages
In the year 1309, Nicholas of Lyra, an important Franciscan Bible commentator, put forth a question at the University of Paris, asking whether it was possible to prove the advent of Christ from scriptures received by the Jews. This question reflects the challenges he faced as a Christian exegete determined to value Jewish literature during an era of increasing hostility to ...more
Hardcover, 225 pages
Published January 24th 2007 by University of Pennsylvania Press
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May 09, 2016 Alan Fuller rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Bible interpretation that focused on the literal sense of scripture was considered "Jewish error" (2 Cor 3:6-16) by the early church fathers. Modern hermeneutics focus on the literal with historical-grammatical and historical-critical interpretation. When and how did the change come about? Nicholas of Lyra (1270-1349) served as a highly effective conduit for Jewish traditions into Christian exegesis and awareness. He sought to follow an exegetical path established by Rashi and other rabbis. He c ...more