Biblical Scholarship in Louvain in the *Golden' Sixteenth Century
Refo500 Academic Studies (R5AS) 1. Auflage 2019
|Verlag:||Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlag|
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Antonio Gerace dealt with the development of biblical scholarship in Louvain by analysing with seven authors who worked in the first part of the Sixteenth century and who are strictly linked to the Louvain milieu. In chronological order, they include Nicholas Tacitus Zegers (c.1495–1559), John Henten (1499–1566), Cornelius Jansenius ‘of Ghent’, Adam Sasbout, John Hessels (1522–1566), Thomas Stapleton, and Francis Lucas ‘of Bruges’. Each author offered key-contributions that can effectively show the development of Catholic biblical scholarship in that period. This can be divided into three main thematic areas: 1) Text-criticism of the Latin Vulgate; 2) Exegesis of the Scriptures; and 3) Preaching of the Bible. Somehow, these three areas represent the ‘study flow’ of the Scriptures: the emendation of the Vulgate, aimed at restoring the text to a hypothetical ‘original’, and the philological approach to the Greek and Hebrew sources allowing for a better comprehension of the Bible. Such comprehension becomes the basis of commentaries made with the intention of explaining the meaning of the Scriptures to the faithful in the light of the Tradition. Furthermore, the Church needed to preach the Scriptures and their contents to the Catholic flock in order to safeguard them from any ‘heretical’ influence. Therefore, several homiletic works appeared so that priests could prepare their sermons appropriately. Therefore, Gerace divided his work into three parts, each devoted to one of the three research areas, following the ‘study-flow’ of the Scriptures.
The very first book that deals with the “Golden Age of Catholic Biblical Scholarship” in Louvain
The book deals with the “Golden Age of Catholic Biblical Scholarship” in the Sixteenth Century southern Low Countries, a Catholic “wedge” between the Calvinist rebels in the Netherlands, the Lutherans in the Holy Roman Empire, the Anglicans in England and the Huguenots in France. Because of that, Catholics in the Low Countries particularly felt the necessity of both a thorough study of the Scriptures and their sound preaching, as ways to counter their many opponents who claimed to base their opinion upon the Bible.
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