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Abelard on the First Six Days

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Peter Abelard wrote the Expositio in Hexaemeron in answer to a request from Heloise and the nuns of the Paraclete, along with the book of hymns edited by Joseph Szövérffy under the title of the Hymnarius paraclitensis, the adaptation of the Rule of Benedict in Letter 8 of the correspondence, and other texts. This Exposition on the Six-Day Work deals with the text of Genesis down to 2,25, just after the second account of the creation of man and the fashioning of Eve from Adam's rib, and just before the entry of the serpent and the eating of the fruit. It has been dated to the mid-1130s by its editors Mary Romig and David Luscombe: after the foundation of the Paraclete in 1129 and before the completion of the Theologia 'Scholarium'.

Keywords: Exposition on the Six-Day Work; Heloise; Paraclete; Peter Abelard; Theologia 'Scholarium'



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