Medieval Biblical Studies Courses Offered — Fall 2016




The Weekly Schedule* of Classes during Fall Semester (Oct 5, 2016 to Jan 27, 2017) offered by the Department of Theology at the graduate level, is as follows:

Rome / NYC Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
3 PM / 9 AM T-130  T-130  B-235
4 PM / 10 AM T-130 B-235 T-130 B-140 M-200
5 PM / 11 AM B-120 M-200 B-140
6 PM / 12 Noon B-120 M-100 M-100

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For Students seeking a Certificate or M.A. in Medieval Biblical Studies from the Scholasticum, they must successfully complete each of the above courses as part of the 120 credit requirement of the Biblicus Cycle. These courses will be offered at least once every 2 years.

According to Italian Law, Students seeking a Certificate or degree, must complete all the courses in the Cycle within a 5 year period.*

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To register for any or all of these courses contact the Registrar using the Form on the Registrar’s Page.  For semester students, you can take all these courses for an expense of € 2500, for part-time students, the expense is € 150 per ECT.  Students not seeking transcripts or credits may audit any of these courses for €50 per ECT.  Audtors, during the month of October, may upgrade their status to a part-time, credit-seeking student by paying the difference in the expense of €100 per ECT, if they so decide.

All courses will be taught by live Video Conference, using GOTO Meeting’s software (free to our students). Students must acquire the textbooks from a bookstore in their own country, and have highspeed internet connection (DSL or ADSL at least), and a computer, tablet or Smart phone with a video camera, microphone and video capabilities.  Due to a lack of students in any particular course, The Scholasticum reserves the right to cancel the course; in such a case, all tuition fees for that course will be reimbursed to the Student(s).

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Course Descriptions

For more information about our rules and regulations or about these courses, see our Annuario Accademico, which you can download for free from the Registrar’s Page.  However, NOTE WELL, that the course descriptions published here take precedence over those in the Annuario’s printed edition.

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M-100 Introduction to Latin Paleography  —  4 ECTS

Lecture & Seminar

with Dr. Rosa Marulo, Ph.D, M.A, B.A.

Languages in Class: Italian English. Readings in class in Latin.
Languages for Written Assignments: Italian, English.

Course Description:  The course will allow students to be familiar with western European Middle Ages manuscripts, both in their material appearance and textual transmission. The goals are to recognize and describe the main types of script from the 9th century Caroline minuscule through humanistic littera antiqua, to learn to assess areas that can permit to localize and date the manuscripts, to read and provide a safe interpretation of the texts (above all Patristic and philosophical works). The main concentration of the course will consist of practical work sessions, both in oral reading and in written transcription in order to build a foundation for an eventual advanced study.

Grade to be based on:

30% Class participation
30% Written assignments
40% Term Paper

Text Books, Either of the Following:

Cherubini P., Pratesi A., Paleografia latina. L’avventura grafica del mondo occidentale, Città del Vaticano, Scuola Vaticana di Paleografia, Diplomatica e Archivistica, 2010.
Bischoff, B., Latin Paleography: Antiquity and Western Middle Ages, trans. D. O. CRÓINÍN, D. GANZ, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, in Association with the Medieval Academy of Ireland, 1990.

Recommended Reading:

Petrucci A., Prima lezione di paleografia, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2002.
Further bibliography will be specified during the course.

M-200 Introduction to Codicology  —  4 ECTS

Lecture & Seminar

with Dr. Adele Di Lorenzo, Ph.D, M.A, B.A.

Languages in Class: Italian English, French.
Languages for Written Assignments: Italian, English, French, Spanish, German.

Course Description:  TBA


B-120 The Use and Interpretation of Sacred Scripture by the Fathers of the Church  —  6 ECTS

Mixed Method

with Dr. Gianluca Pilara, S.P.D, S.P.L., B.A.

Languages in Class: Italian. Readings in class in Latin
Languages for Written Assignments:  English, Italian, Spanish and French

Course Description:  The course intends to present a panorama of Christian exegesis through the analysis of a number of Patristic texts, for the purpose of understanding how important the testimony of ancient authors is in the understanding of Sacred Scripture.  Thus, in class there will be a discussion of the different methods of interpreations of the ancient schools of exegesis and of several Fathers of the Church.  In particular, specific readings regarding the interpretation of the Gospel of Saint Mark will be studied, with an attentive eye to their tradition and to the importance given to this Gospel in Patristic liturerature of both the East and West.

Grade to be based on:

10% Class participation
40% Written Assignments
60% Final Exam

Text Books:

Manlio Simonetti, Lettera e/o allegoria. Un contributo alla storia dell’esegesi patristica, Studia ephemeridis Augustinianum 23, Roma, Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, 1985.
L’esegesi dei Padri latini dalle origini a Gregorio Magno. XXVIII Incontro di studiosi dell’antichità cristiana, Roma, 6-8 maggio 1999, 2 voll., Roma, Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, 2000.

Recommended Reading:

Guy Lobrichon, L’esegesi biblica. Storia di un genere letterario (VII-XIII secolo), in Lo spazio letterario del Medioevo. 1. Il Medioevo latino, dir. G. Cavallo, C. Leonardi, E. Menestò, Vol. 1, La produzione del testo, Tomo II, Roma, Salerno, 1993, pp. 355-381.
Marco, ed. it. a cura di Gianluca Pilara, in La Bibbia commentata dai Padri. Nuovo Testamento, 2, Roma, Città Nuova, 2003.


B-140 The Influence and Role of St. Augustine in the Interpretation of Sacred Scripture in the West  —  6 ECTS

Mixed Method

with Dr. Marco Conti

Languages in Class: English. Italian.  Some Latin reading.
Languages for Written Assignments: English, Italian.

Course Description: TBA


B-235 The First Masters and their use of Sacred Scripture:  Robert Grosseteste  —  4 ECTS

Mixed Method

with Prof. Brett W. Smith, A.B.D., M.Div., B.A.

Languages in Class: English.  Some Latin reading.
Languages for Written Assignments: English, French

Course Description:  This course will focus exclusively on Robert Grosseteste (c.1168-1253) and his writings. The particular emphasis will be on Grosseteste’s use of Sacred Scripture, including his study of scripture, his writings on scripture, and his theological interpretation of scripture.  Some areas to be explored will include Grosseteste’s exegetical sources and methods, as well as his view of the relationship between the Old and New Testaments.  Some topics to be addressed in Grosseteste’s theological interpretation of Scripture will include his Trinitarian and anthropological thought based upon Genesis 1 and his approach to the Fathers of the Church as guides for the interpretation of Scripture.  The course will also treat the historical problems surrounding Grosseteste’s life and teaching career, as well as recent shifts in scholarly opinion concerning Grosseteste’s approach to Scripture.

Grade to be based on:

10% participation
40% written assignments and oral presentations
50% term paper

Text Books:

Ginther, James R. Master of the Sacred Page: A Study of the Theology of Robert Grosseteste, ca. 1229/30-1235. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004.
Robert Grosseteste. On the Cessation of the Laws, translated by Stephen M. Hildebrand. Washington D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2012.
_____. Hexaëmeron, edited by Richard C. Dales and Servus Gieben. London: Oxford University Press, 1982. (An English translation is listed as recommended reading.)
_____. Opera Roberti Grosseteste Lincolniensis, edited by James McEvoy. Turnhout: Brepols, 1995.

Recommended Reading:

Ginther, James. “Laudat sensum et significationem: Robert Grosseteste on the Four Senses of Scripture.” in, With Reverence for the Word: Medieval Scriptural Exegesis in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, edited by Jane Dammen, et. al., 237-255.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
_____. “The Super Psalterium in Context.” in Editing Robert Grosseteste: Papers Given at the Thirty-Sixth Annual Conference on Editorial Problems, edited by Evelyn A. Mackie and Joseph Goering, 31-60. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003.
McEvoy, James. Robert Grosseteste. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2000.
_____. “Robertus Grossatesta Lincolniensis: An Essay in Historiography, Medieval and Modern.” in, Robert Grosseteste and the Beginnings of a British Theological Tradition, edited by Maura O’Carroll, 21-99. Rome: Instituto Storico Dei Cappuccini, 2003.
Robert Grosseteste. The Complete Dicta in English. 13 small volumes, edited and translated by Gordon Jackson. Lincoln, UK: Asgill Press, 2003-2006. (This work may be purchased from Gordon Jackson directly.  The Latin is available on The Electronic Grosseteste at
_____. On the Six Days of Creation: A Translation of the Hexaëmeron, translated by C.F.J. Martin. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 1996.
Smalley, Beryl. “The Biblical Scholar.” in Robert Grosseteste: Scholar and Bishop, edited by D. A. Callus, 70-97. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1955.
Southern, Richard. Robert Grosseteste: The Growth of an English Mind in Medieval Europe. Second Revised Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.


T-130 An Introduction to Peter Lombard and his Sentences  —  6 ECTS


with Dr. Christopher  H.  Cleveland, Ph.D., M.A.R., B.A.

Languages in Class: English, with some reading in Latin
Languages for Written Assignments: English

Course Description: This course will introduce the student to Peter Lombard and his Four Books of Sentences.  The course will provide an account of the life of Peter Lombard, and familiarize the student with the content of the Sentences.  It will also provide an account of the role that the Sentences played in medieval thought.  The student will read from the Sentences and be introduced to the latest research on Lombard’s life and writings.

Grade to be based on:

10% Class participation
45% Final Exam
45% Term Paper

Text Books:

Peter Lombard, Magistri Petri Lombardi Sententiae in IV Libris Distinctae. College of St. Bonaventure. Quaracchi (Florence) and Grottaferrata (Rome), 1971-1981.

Optional Textbooks:

Pierre Lombard Les Quatre Livres des Sentences (4 vol.) (Paris: Editions du Cerf, 2012-2015).
Peter Lombard The Four Books of the Sentences (4 vol.) (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2007-2010).

Supplementary material:

Philipp Rosemann, Peter Lombard, (Great Medieval Thinkers Series) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).
_________. “Introduction: Three Avenues for Studying the Tradition of the Sentences” in Mediaeval Commentaries on the Sentences of Peter Lombard volume 3 (Leiden: Brill, 2015) (accessible via
Ulrich G. Leinsle, Introduction to Scholastic Theology, (Washington D.C., Catholic University of America Press, 2010).


* Note, that Rome time is 6 hours ahead of New York City Time, except from October 30 to November 5, when it is 5 hours ahead.  Thus, 3 pm corresponds to 9 am, except during the period of October 30 to November 5th, when it corresponds to 10 am.

The Scholasticum is incorporated in Italian Law with the official name, Studium Scholasticum Onlus. It is seeking from the Ministry of Public Education, in the Republic of Italy, authorization to confer a Master’s Degree in Medieval Biblical Studies on all its students who have completed the Biblicus Cycle, described in our Annuario.  Acquisition of this authority from the Ministry is expected within 2-3 years. Students seeking a M.A. rather than a Certificate will be further required to write a Master’s Thesis.  Students seeking to complete the Biblicus Cycle have a 5 year time span in which to do so, during which they can study as full time, semester students, or as part time ad hoc students. See our Annuario on the Registrar’s Page for more information.