Olivi and the Interpretation of Matthew in the High Middle Ages

Olivi and the Interpretation of Matthew in the High Middle Ages



". . . Kevin Madigan has taken a careful scholarly knowledge of a biblical commentary and worked it into a much bigger picture. He contextualizes Olivi's commentary in the history both of scriptural exegesis and of the mendicant-secular quarrels, especially over poverty, of the high Middle Ages. He employs his close reading to illuminate newly a much wider question, as all good scholarship should." — Speculum


"Madigan ends by noting that Olivi's distinctive exegetical traits—occasional controversialism and muted Joachism—had no future, for the Franciscan exegete who called the late-medieval tune, Nicholas of Lyra, had absolutely no use for them. Madigan's book, however, will surely have a future because of its clarity and sovereign control of the material." —Robert Lerner,  The Catholic Historical Review


". . . An important and needed contribution to the history of biblical interpretation." — The Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. XXXVI, no.1, 2005


"It is . . . heartening to turn to this penetrating study of Peter John Olivi. . . . Madigan shows himself a very able scholar who works in the tradition of Beryl Smalley. . . . With Madigan's help, there are new reasons to benefit from the unique exegesis expounded by this gifted Franciscan friar from the land of langue d'oc, who often enough said no to whatever he thought shortchanged the ideals of Jesus and Francis." — Cistercian Studies


"For specialists in medieval exegesis and spirituality, it is important for the access it provides to Olivi's unedited and largely unstudied Matthew commentary and for the fascinating implications it teases out." — Religious Studies Review

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