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'Augustine' versus Jerome: commentaries on Gratian's Decretum, D. 9, c. 6, from Paucapalea to Juan de Torquemada

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In his Decretum, D. 9, c. 6, Gratian stated the respective value of Hebrew, Greek and Latin manuscripts of the Bible for the emendation of Latin Scripture. This article deals with the commentaries on this passage from the mid-twelfth to the mid-fifteenth century. Due to the misattribution of a statement to Augustine rather than Jerome in the Decretum, and the later introduction of an out-of-context quotation by Jerome, the two Church Fathers seemed to contradict each other on the matter in question. For three centuries, the decretists sought to explain or even reconcile this contradiction in various ways which are traced in this article.


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