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The Biblical Interpretation of William of Alton$
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Timothy F. Bellamah

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199753604

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753604.001.0001

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Toward a Bibliography

Toward a Bibliography

A Few Key Features of William’s Methodology and Style

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(p.15) 2 Toward a Bibliography
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The Biblical Interpretation of William of Alton
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Timothy Bellamah, O.P.

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753604.003.0002

Chapter 2 is concerned with the necessary procedures for determining which of twenty-one works of questionable attribution are authentically William’s. After taking stock of external evidence, the study examines their methodology, exegetical concerns, and style. Four other commentaries of known authenticity constitute a basis for identifying the distinctive features of William’s work. These features constitute a list of criteria of authenticity for evaluating the questionable works. Context for measuring the distinctiveness of these traits is provided by the examination of a substantial number of commentaries by several of William’s near contemporaries, namely, Simon of Hinton, William of Middleton, Bonaventure, Albert the Great, Peter of Tarantaise, Thomas Aquinas, William of Luxi, Nicolas of Gorran, and John of Varzy. The study discards all but three questionable commentaries from William’s bibliography, leaving a total of seven authenticated ones, on Ecclesiastes, Wisdom, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and John.

Keywords:   literary style, literary trait, authentification, codex, Simon of Hinton, John of Varzy, Nicolas of Gorran, Peter of Tarantaise, divisio textus

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