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This front matter section of the book Franciscan Learning, Preaching and Mission C. 1220-1650 presents the table of contents and the preface. The book explores whether the introduction of studies and learning into the Franciscan order was fundamentally at odds with the original goals of the order founder, and how one can obtain a proper insight in Francis's opinions on the matter. It restates the evidence for the early development of the Franciscan school network, notably the creation of study houses where Franciscan lectors could be educated, and the deployment of lectors in the order provinces. It makes a case for the co-existence of the pursuit of learning and a commitment to the exigencies of a sincere religious vocation. The book also discusses more general questions of exegetical method and tries to come to terms with the mendicant exegetical output from the second half of the fourteenth century onwards.

Keywords: Catholicism; exegesis; Franciscan learning; Protestantism



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