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Title: Basic Instruction and Hebrew Learning
Subtitle: Nicolaus Maniacoria's Suffraganeus bibliothece
Author(s): LINDE, J.C.
Journal: Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales
Volume: 80    Issue: 1   Date: 2013   
Pages: 1-16
DOI: 10.2143/RTPM.80.1.2988826

Abstract :
This article examines the goals, methodology and sources of the twelfth-century Hebraist Nicolaus Maniacoria’s Suffraganeus bibliothece. A summary of his statements concerning the aims and purpose of his work is followed by an examination of his main Latin sources as well as his methods for explaining difficult words and passages in the Bible. The next section offers some observations on his knowledge of Hebrew and his use of Jewish exegesis. By means of textual evidence, it is shown that Maniacoria not only tried to learn Hebrew, but that he was in all likelihood in direct contact with Abraham ibn Ezra. Maniacoria’s exegetical focus on the literal sense is traced back to the influence of Hugh of St Victor and Abraham ibn Ezra.

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