Biblical Commentaries from the Canterbury School of Theodore and Hadrian

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This volume includes the first edition of a previously unknown text which throws wholly new light on the intellectual history of early medieval Europe. The biblical commentaries (never before printed or studied) represent the teaching of two extraordinarily gifted Greek scholars who came to England from the Byzantine East. Theodore, archbishop of Canterbury (668-90) and his colleague Hadrian (d. 710) established a school in Canterbury, to which they brought a wealth of experience and learning. These scholars applied their knowledge to the exposition of the Bible to a small group of Anglo-Saxon scholars, who recorded their teaching. The commentaries throw new light on the range of subjects which were taught in Canterbury at the time: medicine, philosophy, rhetoric, Roman civil law, as well as the biblical text itself, illustrating what was undoubtedly the high point of biblical scholarship between late antiquity and the Renaissance. Because both Hadrian and Theodore were from Greek-speaking parts of the Roman empire, their commentaries reveal new links between the Byzantine East and the Latin West in the seventh century. The present commentaries, found by Professor Bischoff in Milan in 1936, constitute one of the most important medieval texts discovered this century. The edition is introduced by substantial chapters on the intellectual background of the texts, their manuscript sources, the lives and milieux of the two Greek scholars. The Latin texts themselves are accompanied by facing English tranalations and extensive notes.
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"...a marvellous piece of work, packed with new material, which tranforms our own understanding not only of English intellectual culture in the seventh century but also of what knowledge might have been available in early medieval Europe as a whole." Times Literary Supplement

"For the general reader, especially one versed in modern biblical studies, these commentaries provide a good view of how the Bible was studied in the medieval west. Highly recommended." The Reader's Review

"...the entire apparatus makes this ensemble of texts almost immediately accessible to the thoughtful, nonspecialist reader while serving the needs of specialists as well." Journal of Religion

"The book succeeds quite splendidly in situating the extraordinarily rapid development of Christian learning in England in the late seventh century with a patristic background." T.M. charles-Edwards, Albion

" could scarcely ask for a more fulfilling or stimulating book not just on Theodore but on the entire seventh sentury." Richard W. Pfaff, Speculum

"Despite the massiveness of the learning displayed...the book is actually fun to browse through, and is one more blow (a knockout punch?) against the term Dark Ages." Richard W. Pfaff, Church History

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Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 Archbishop Theodore 5
3 Abbot Hadrian 82
4 Theodore and Hadrian in England 133
5 The sources of the Canterbury biblical commentaries 190
6 The nature of the Canterbury biblical commentaries 243
7 The manuscripts 275
Texts and translations 297
First commentary on the Pentateuch (PentI) 298
Supplementary commentary on Genesis, Exodus and the gospels (Gn-Ex-EvIa) 386
Second commentary on the gospels (EvII) 396
Commentary to the texts 425
Appendix I: Additional manuscript witnesses to the Milan biblical commentaries 533
Appendix II: Two metrological treatises from the school of Canterbury 561
Fig. 1 Cilicia and Syria 566
Fig. 2 Constantinople in the seventh century 567
Fig. 3 Churches and monasteries of seventh-century Rome 568
Fig. 4 Cyrenaica and the Pentapolis 569
Fig. 5 Campania and the Bay of Naples 570
Fig. 6 Palestine 571
Bibliography 572
Index of Old English words quoted in the texts 588
Index of Greek words quoted in the texts 589
Index of names cited in the texts 591
General index 594
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