Special Collections and CEMERS reveal newly-acquired 14th century Latin manuscript

Professor Kayla Whearty and her students examine new acquisition, Postilla litteralis super epistolam ad hebraeos.

Assistant Professor Bridget Whearty and her students examine new acquisition, Postilla litteralis super epistolam ad hebraeos.

“Literal Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews”
(Postilla litteralis super epistolam ad hebraeos)

~Nicholas of Lyra

This week’s celebration of alum Alex Huppé’s generosity in Bartle Library’s Huppé Reading Room offered the opportunity to view the 14th century manuscript recently acquired through his support. The acquisition came as a recommendation from our Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Distinguished Professor and Director of CEMERS Marilynn Desmond.

14th-century manuscript of Nicholas of Lyraís Postilla litteraliAuthored by Nicholas of Lyra, one of the greatest biblical scholars of the Middle Ages, this particular work, the Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews, is part of his larger Commentary on the entire Bible. Here, Lyra addresses Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews in which Paul urges perseverance in the face of persecution, essentially encouraging people to keep the faith.

Visitors are welcome and invited to view the new addition by contacting Special Collections.

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