Peter Lombard

Philipp W. Rosemann

in Peter Lombard

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195155440
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849871 | DOI:

Series: Great Medieval Thinkers

Peter Lombard

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This chapter depicts the life and works of medieval Christian thinker Peter Lombard. Historically speaking, almost nothing is known of his family and early years. The letter from St. Bernard to Gilduin, abbot of St. Victor, during the first months of 1136 contained the first mention of Peter Lombard in a historical document. This chapter recounts his reputation as a teacher of theology and his decisive role in his selection as the bishop of Paris in 1159. Peter Lombard's rising fame is attested not only to his titles; he was frequently considered as an expert in theological matters. He had distinctly drawn a fine line between respect for the tradition and the courage to innovate. There are some contemporary reports of Peter Lombard's lectures that give a glimpse of his style of teaching—his written doctrines did not always constitute his last word on a given topic.

Keywords: Peter Lombard; St. Bernard; Paris; bishop of Paris; Book of Sentences; theology

Chapter.  7646 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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