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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (31 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521684609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521684606
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 780,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'[W]ell-produced, affordable, thoughtful, and engaging … [T]his is the work of a scholar who knows his stuff and can convey it clearly to an audience outside of his specialty. That's a treasure. Buy this book. Use it in your teaching. Use it in your research too. Do it now.' The Medieval Review

'[A] splendid book that should attract readers well beyond its target audience of biblical and medieval history students … [A]s van Liere convincingly shows, medieval scholars have numerous lessons to teach present audiences who are willing to listen. A wide variety of libraries, from general to academic, should purchase this volume and try to alert users to the many delights it offers.' Choice

'This book is full of treasures for both students and scholars alike. The former will be introduced to the medieval Bible and its interpretive traditions, which lamentably have become a lost world in the curricula of biblical and theological studies. The latter will be confronted with fresh ideas which will spark new avenues for thinking about the reception history of the Bible in the Latin tradition.' Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

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An accessible account of the Bible in the Middle Ages for those engaged in medieval and biblical studies. Discussion of the material evidence - the Bible as book - complements in-depth examination of lay literacy and book culture. Principles of medieval hermeneutics and the formation of the medieval canon are examined.

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Let me be frank and say I have only skimmed this book, but I can say it does exactly what I was looking for it to do. Frans van Liere gives a lucid and readable account of the evolution of the 'book', from papyrus to parchment, to paper and then printing and how each development impacted upon how the Bible was written, structured and preserved; how the Medieval Canon was selected and established; the evolution of the different texts of the Bible, the Vetus Latina, the Vulgate, Allegorical interpretation of the Bible; Biblical commentary, the Vernacular Bibles, its use in liturgy, sermons, preaching, and finally pictorial representation of the Bible. Why do Protestants and Catholics read different Bibles? Why are some books apocryphal and why are some pseodographic? Why are certain parts of the Bible used in church servicers? Why was the subject of images so important in the early church? I think this book will thoroughly answer all of these questions. From a parochial point of view it is fascinating to find out that very few churches had entire Bibles, ( they seem to have swapped them when they needed to ), and that the oldest 'complete' text of the Bible, the Codex Amiatanus was written in England about AD 700 and was taken to Italy by Anglo-Saxon scholars.
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Van Liere has given us easily the best and most up-to-date introduction to the medieval Bible available in English, which includes comprehensive bibliographical resources. The striking shortcoming is the volume's paucity of illustrations, offering merely a dozen (albeit well chosen) black and white reproductions. Nevertheless, a masterful achievement, to which students of the history of the Bible will be indebted.
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