September 18, 2014
“An Introduction to the Medieval Bible"
given by Dr. Frans van Liere, professor of History at Calvin College
The Middle Ages spanned the period between two watersheds in the history of the biblical text: Jerome's Latin translation c. 405 and Gutenberg's first printed version in 1455. In an account that is sensitive to the religiously diverse world of the Middle Ages, Frans van Liere offers here an accessible introduction to the study of the Bible in this period. Discussion of the material evidence - the Bible as book - complements an in-depth examination of concepts such as lay literacy and book culture. This Introduction includes a thorough treatment of the principles of medieval hermeneutics, and a discussion of the formation of the Latin bible text and its canon. It will be a useful starting point for all those engaged in medieval and biblical studies.
Frans van Liere will present a brief overview of his recently published book, An Introduction to the Medieval Bible, at 3:30 PM on Thursday September 18, 2014, in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall off the Hekman Library lobby. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.
co-sponsored with the Calvin College History Department