Book Series Victorine Texts in Translation, vol. 6

Interpretation of Scripture: Practice

A Selection of Works of Hugh, Andrew, Richard, and Leonius of St Victor, and of Robert of Melun, Peter Comestor and Maurice of Sully

Frans van Liere, Franklin T. Harkins

  • Pages: 563 p.
  • Size:152 x 229 mm
  • Illustrations:1 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2015

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-55312-2
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“(…) this fine collection will be useful not only for students and teacher, but as a critical source for those working with the original texts.” (Aaron Gies, in Religious Studies Review, 42/2, 2016, p. 118)

“It is highly recommended.” (Marshall E. Crossnoe, in The Medieval Review, 2016.09.16)

“Selection, explanation, and translation are exemplary, and the whole volume will form an indispensable introduction to and reference book for this field of study.” (G. R. Evans, in the Journal of Theological Studies, 67/1, 2016, p. 353)

“This is an exemplary volume on all levels. The selection of sources has been carefully curated to demonstrate the variety of paths which interpretation of scripture might take. They have also been chosen to provide texts that will be accessible for students and yet provide scholars with translations of lesser-known works that go beyond an assemblage of the greatest hits of the Victorines. The translations are excellent throughout. The volume is obviously a boon for students and teachers of medieval culture. But given the concise scholarly introductions that often include information about manuscripts, extensive notes, and a generous bibliography, this volume is a valuable resource for scholars and researchers as well.” (Jay Diehl, in Speculum, 94/3, 2019, p. 859)


The editors of this volume are Frans van Liere (PhD, Groningen; Dept. of History, Calvin College), editor of Andrew of St Victor’s commentaries on Samuel and Kings (1996; ET 2010) and on the Twelve Prophets (2007, with Mark Zier) (Corpus Christianorum, Continuatio Mediaevalis), and author of An Introduction to the Medieval Bible; and Franklin T. Harkins (PhD, Notre Dame; Boston College), author of Reading and the Work of Restoration: History and Scripture in the Theology of Hugh of St Victor (2009).


Thanks to the pathbreaking work of Beryl Smalley more than a half century ago, today we recognize the central place of the so-called School of Saint Victor in the history of biblical exegesis. By the mid-twelfth century, the abbey had gained a reputation for solid Christian teaching, with an emphasis on biblical studies and history. This volume contains commentaries and examples of biblical exegesis by Hugh and Andrew of Saint Victor, Sermons by Richard of Saint Victor and Maurice of Sully, the Quaestiones in divina pagina by Robert of Melun, Richard's invective against judaizers, De Emmanuele, and a poetic paraphrase of Ruth by Leontius of Saint Victor, encompassing the broad range of biblical exegetical practice at the abbey.