Nicholas of Lyre

(c. 1270—1349)

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biblical exegete. A native of Lyre (in the diocese of Evreux), he had become a Franciscan and moved to Paris by c.1300. He was essentially a research scholar. He concentrated on the literal meaning of the Bible, writing analyses, or Postillae, on each verse or section of a chapter. They reflect his knowledge of the Hebrew text and of rabbinic exegesis. His Postillae Litterales and Postillae Morales were together long regarded as the definitive commentary on the Bible.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Christianity.

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