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Short expositions of the main truths of Christian doctrine. The Latin word sententia originally meant any exposition of thought, but in the Middle Ages it took on a new technical meaning in relation to exegesis. Collections of Sentences then became systematized compilations of opinions; the most famous was that of Peter Lombard. By the 13th cent. sententia denoted an accepted theological proposition.

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

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