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Frans van LiereFrans van Liere with handmade book

Professor, History
Director, Medieval Studies

Office: Hiemenga Hall 485

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Educational background

M.Th., University of Groningen
M.A. in Medieval Studies, University of Groningen
Ph.D. in Medieval Studies, University of Groningen

Research and professional interests

Prof. van Liere's interests include Medieval Europe, Medieval biblical exegesis, Jewish-Christian relations, schools and universities, and the Avignon papacy. His publications include editions of Andrew of Saint Victor's twelfth-century Bible commentaries on Samuel and Kings and the Twelve Prophets. His book An Introduction to the Medieval Bible was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014.

Prof. van Liere is director of the Medieval Studies program.

Recent activities

For the academic year 2012-2013, Frans van Liere was a member at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., where he researched a central concept in the history of medieval Christian Hebraism, the idea of the Hebraica Veritas. This will be the topic of the book he is currently writing.

Together with Franklin Harkins of Fordham University, Prof. van Liere recently published Interpretation of Scripture: Theory, a collection of translated texts on medieval biblical exegesis from the twelfth-century abbey of Saint Victor in Paris (series Victorine Texts in Translation, vol. 3. Turnhout: Brepols, 2012. Paperback Boston: New City Press, 2013). The sequel, Interpretation of Scripture: Practice, is set to appear in 2015.

Life outside of Calvin College

Frans is married to “the other Professor van Liere,” and they have two sons, Kees and Thomas. Frans plays the flute (both modern and baroque flute), sings in the Bach Chorale of Grand Rapids, and is also an avid woodworker and gardener.

Other information

See a partial list of Frans van Liere's publications. For a complete CV, see the linked PDF.

Read Frans van Liere's posts on Historical Horizons, the history department blog.