Professor Lesley Smith

The Ten Commandments: Interpreting the Bible in the Medieval World, Studies in the History of Christian Traditions, 175 (Leiden & Boston: E. J. Brill; 2014)

Using the commentaries of a group of scholars from c. 1150-1350, along with confessors manuals, mystery plays and sermon material, this book investigates the place of the Decalogue in medieval religious life and thought.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Glossa Ordinaria: the making of a medieval Bible commentary, Commentaria, 3 (Leiden & Boston: E. J. Brill, 2009)

This book is the first history of the twelfth-century Glossa Ordinaria, the ubiquitous biblical commentary of the Middle Ages and the first university textbook. Based on manuscript evidence, it explores this monumental work, its authorship, content, layout, production and use.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  • Medieval Intellectual History
  • The Bible in the Middle Ages
  • Medieval Manuscripts

I work on the medieval Bible, as both a physical and intellectual object.  This ranges from close technical work with manuscripts of Bibles, biblical commentary, theology and pastoralia, to the exposition of commentary and theology, to investigation of the intellectual milieu of the schools in which the Bible was studied – the people and the products of this early university system, from the twelfth century onwards.  In particular, I explore the two-way link between the manuscript evidence and the intellectual evidence of these early schools – in modern terms, how technology affects what we learn and know, and vice versa.  The study of the Bible has also led me to contribute to the study of medieval Jewish-Christian scholarship and relations.

  • Books of Theology and Bible Study

  • Job in the Gloss

  • Nicholas of Lyra

  • The End of a Single World: the sacrament of extreme unction in scholastic thought

  • The Fathers in the Schools

  • The Friars and the Preparation of Pastoral Aids

  • The Ten Commandments in the Medieval Schools

  • The Ten Commandments in the Schools: Conformity or Diversity?

  • Theological Manuscripts

  • Continuity and Change in the Study of the Bible: the Ten Commandments in Christian Exegesis

  • More

Current DPhil Students

  • Gustav Zamore
  • Karl Kinsella
  • Gregory Schnakenburg

I would be willing to hear from potential DPhil students in the fields: Medieval intellectual history, widely defined; history of exegesis, biblical studies and theology;  history of the university.  Manuscript studies.

I currently supervise Masters students in the fields: Medieval intellectual history, widely defined; history of exegesis, biblical studies and theology;  history of the university.

I am a regular supervisor for MSt Medieval Studies and MST Medieval History.


I currently teach:

Prelims

FHS
Most of my undergraduate teaching is Politics for the PPE degree;  but I do teach the Historical Texts and Theories of the State papers, as well as the medieval overview, for prelims. Most of my undergraduate teaching is for Politics in the PPE degree, but I can teach the medieval options for FHS History.
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