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Text And Format: The Manuscripts Of The Commentary

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The study of eleventh-century biblical commentary presents particular challenges. Few manuscripts of the commentaries survive, and the majority of those were produced in the twelfth century. Lanfranc's commentary on St. Paul was one of the more successful of the eleventh-century commentaries. The intention of a glossed manuscript was to harmonize multiple texts on one page. These manuscripts represent the scribal imposition of order upon multiple texts: a primary text and at least one commentary text. The manuscripts of the Pauline commentary are the subject of Margaret Gibson's 1971 article. Gibson listed eleven extant manuscripts of the commentary, including the D'Achery transcription. The text of Lanfranc's Pauline commentary may have been acquired by the library at Christ Church soon after Lanfranc's accession to the archbishopric of Canterbury.

Keywords: biblical commentary; D'Achery transcription; Lanfranc; manuscripts; Margaret Gibson



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