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Title: 'But and alle thingus in mesure, and noumbre, and peis thou disposedist'
Subtitle: Some Notes on the Role of Wisdom 11, 21 in Wyclif's Writings
Author(s): CAMPI, Luigi
Journal: Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales
Volume: 80    Issue: 1   Date: 2013   
Pages: 109-143
DOI: 10.2143/RTPM.80.1.2988830

Abstract :
Wisdom 11, 21 — 'But you have disposed all things by measure and number and weight' — appears frequently in Wyclif’s theological and philosophical writings, as well as in his pastoral and political works. A learned biblicist, Wyclif considers it to be the most difficult verse in the whole of Scripture. Such an assessment is apparently due to the theoretical content it conveys, which relates to the issue of the creative, legislative and redemptive order imposed by God. While addressing various metaphysical, soteriological or ecclesiological topics, Wyclif appeals to the authority of this Wisdom verse to develop a comprehensive view of order in terms of the intimate structure of reality. Any kind of deviation from this order — described as an infringement of God’s rule, or as a loss of correspondence to the divine, exemplary ideas — is ultimately seen as a shadowy area which compromises the full intelligibility of the world.

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