Chapter

Toward a Bibliography

Timothy Bellamah, O.P.

in The Biblical Interpretation of William of Alton

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199753604
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918812 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753604.003.0002

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

Toward a Bibliography

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Chapter 2 is concerned with the necessary procedures for determining which of twenty-one works of questionable attribution are authentically William’s. After taking stock of external evidence, the study examines their methodology, exegetical concerns, and style. Four other commentaries of known authenticity constitute a basis for identifying the distinctive features of William’s work. These features constitute a list of criteria of authenticity for evaluating the questionable works. Context for measuring the distinctiveness of these traits is provided by the examination of a substantial number of commentaries by several of William’s near contemporaries, namely, Simon of Hinton, William of Middleton, Bonaventure, Albert the Great, Peter of Tarantaise, Thomas Aquinas, William of Luxi, Nicolas of Gorran, and John of Varzy. The study discards all but three questionable commentaries from William’s bibliography, leaving a total of seven authenticated ones, on Ecclesiastes, Wisdom, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and John.

Keywords: literary style; literary trait; authentification; codex; Simon of Hinton; John of Varzy; Nicolas of Gorran; Peter of Tarantaise; divisio textus

Chapter.  4506 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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