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The evangeliorum libri of Juvencus: Exegesis by stealth?

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Origins are often obscure, but Gaius Vettius Aquilinus Juvencus, a priest from Elvira in Spain, was to all appearances the pioneer of extended biblical paraphrase in Latin verse. He might also be claimed as the initiator of the long-lived combination of Poetry and Exegesis, though in fact there have been a variety of judgements not only about the extent and depth of his exegesis, but whether it is present at all. This chapter reviews some of the most important interpretations and perspectives of recent years, and then introduces an important new factor. It focuses on the question of exegesis in the Evangeliorum Libri. The chapter looks at a significant pattern of exegesis in a broad sense, arguably more subtle, though clear, to be sure, to a devoted reader of the Bible: one that can be traced almost exclusively by omission.

Keywords: Bible; Evangeliorum Libri; exegesis; Gaius Vettius Aquilinus Juvencus; poetry



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