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Journal of the Bible and its Reception

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After Beryl Smalley: Thirty Years of Medieval Exegesis, 1984–2013

Christopher Ocker
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Published Online: 2015-04-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jbr-2015-0005


This essay surveys a generation of scholarship since the death of Beryl Smalley, pioneer in the study of the medieval reception of the bible, in 1984. We try to give a fair representation of work produced in English, French, German, and Italian over the last thirty years. We report on: 1) editions, tools, and translations, 2) surveys and synthetic treatments, 3) work on medieval biblical hermeneutics, 4) studies of periods and individuals, 5) thematic studies and studies of biblical books and pericopes across broad periods, and 6) comparative work on Muslim, Jewish, and Christian exegesis. We describe a rapidly growing quantity of knowledge and expanding perspectives on biblical interpretation in medieval culture. We conclude with suggestions for future research.

Keywords: Medieval bible; medieval exegesis; medieval hermeneutics; medieval interpretation; Carolingian hermeneutics; scholastic interpretation of the bible; recent scholarship on the medieval bible; Beryl Smalley; Gilbert Dahan; Ordinary Gloss; Nicholas of Lyra; Thomas Aquinas; Victorines

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Corresponding authors: Christopher Ocker, The San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, San Anselmo, CA 94960, USA, e-mail: ; and Kevin Madigan, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA, e-mail:

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Citation Information: Journal of the Bible and its Reception, Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 87–130, ISSN (Online) 2329-4434, ISSN (Print) 2329-440X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jbr-2015-0005.

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