Medieval Biblical Studies

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Our course  in Medieval Biblical Studies is known as the « Baccalaureatus Biblicus » cycle, and it has a twofold purpose:

1) to provide students of the Sentences of Lombard sufficient preparation in the understanding and appreciation of Sacred Scripture in the Middle Ages as is necessary and useful for the understanding of the use of Scripture in the Sentences and their commentaria,

2) to allow students who which to specialize in Medieval Scriptural Studies a complete 2 year course-work focusing intensely on the field in general and specific aspects.

As such, the « Baccalaureatus Biblicus » Cycle, inspired by the cycle of studies of similar name at the University of Paris in the mid-13th century, includes a variety of courses, of general and special interest.

The course offerings are of 2 kinds, Research Seminars and Lectiones.  The former comprise the bulk of the courses, the latter are for students unfamiliar with the text of the Vulgate and Medieval Glosses.

Of the first kind, there is a two-year specialization which is devoted to fostering and training the student in the forensic method of historical research and to familiarize him with the historical texts, methods, theology and interpretation of Sacred Scripture from the Patristic Era to the High Middle Ages (c. 1300 A. D.).

The courses which comprise this cycle are as follows:

FIRST YEAR

B-100  The Canon of Scripture in the Fathers of the Church — 3 ECTS
B-110 The Authority and Inspiration of Sacred Scripture according to the Fathers of the Church — 3 ECTS
B-120 The Use and Interpretation of Sacred Scripture by the Fathers of the Church — 6 ECTS
B-130 The History of the Authority of the Fathers of the Church down to the Middle Ages — 2 ECTS
B-140 The influence and role of Saint Augustine in the interpretation of Sacred Scripture in the West — 6 ECTS
B-150 The Patristic Texts which were Loci of Authority for the Study of Sacred Scripture in the early Middle Ages — 8 ECTS
B-160 The origin of the Vulgate and its transmission down to the Middle Ages — 2 ECTS
M-100 Latin Paleography of the 8th to 14th Centuries — 4 ECTS
B-200 The Study of Sacred Scripture in the Carolingian Era — 4 ECTS
B-210 The Use of Sacred Scripture by the Early Scholastics — 4 ECTS
B-220 Sacred Scripture and the Victorines — 3 ECTS
T-130  An Introduction to Peter Lombard’s Four Books of Sentences — 7 ECTS.
B-230  The First Masters and their use of Sacred Scripture — 4 ECTS
B-240 The History of the Development of the Roman Rite up until the Missale Regulare of 1246 — 4 ECTS

SECOND YEAR

H-200  The History of Theology upto John Duns Scotus  —  8 ECTS
B-300  The Glossae, their origins, composition and influence on the development of Medieval Theology — 6 ECTS
B-310  Peter Lombard and His Glossa — 4 ECTS
B-320  The Glossa ordinaria — 8 ECTS
B-400  The Scriptural Commentaries of Saint Thomas Aquinas — 8 ECTS
B-410  The Scriptural Commentaries of Saint Bonaventure — 6 ECTS
B-420 Saint Thomas’s Theology of Scripture — 4 ECTS
B-430 Saint Bonaventure’s Theology of Scripture — 4 ECTS
B-440 The Role of Scripture in the Scholastic Theology of Saint Thomas — 6 ECTS
B-450 The Role of Scripture in the Scholastic Theology of Saint Bonaventure — 6 ECTS

LECTIONES SACRARUM SCRIPTURARUM

Students, who are not familiar with the Latin Vulgate, will be required to take the following courses, wherein the text of the Vulgate will be read and studied according to the medieval Glossae.

B-500  The Vulgate Pentateuch — 1 ECTS
B-510 The Vulgate Historical Books — 1 ECTS
B-520  The Vulgate Prophets — 1 ECTS
B-530  The Vulgate Psalms — 1 ECTS
B-540  The Vulgate Wisdom Books — 1 ECTS
B-600  The Vulgate Synoptic Gospels — 2 ECTS
B-610  The Vulgate Johannine Corpus — 1 ECTS
B-620  The Vulgate Pauline Corpus & Acts — 2 ECTS
B-630  The Vulgate Canonical Letters — 1 ECTS
B-650  The Vulgate Apocalypse — 1 ECTS

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