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An Introduction to the Glossa Ordinaria as Medieval Hypertext

The Glossa Ordinaria is an extensively annotated Bible that was printed in circa 1841 and has been a rich source of biblical commentary ever since. In the form in which it was originally circulated, the accompanying patristic commentary was handwritten in the margins of an edition of the Latin Vulgate Bible of Saint Jerome. This exhaustive study, the first of its kind, serves as a primer on the Glossa Ordinaria and a readable overview of the history of the work, from its genesis in the twelfth century through its final printed edition in the nineteenth century. In addition, David A. Salomon explores the Glossa Ordinaria and its annotations through the lens of contemporary hypertext theory. By applying a mix of ancient, medieval, and modern theories, the book opens up new avenues through which readers can engage with the text.

192 pages | 5 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2012

Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages

Medieval Studies

Religion: Religion and Literature

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“The Glossa Ordinaria is no ordinary book. David Salomon’s introduction both captures the essentials of this remarkable work and helps us think about its place in old and new cultures of reading.”

James J. O'Donnell, Georgetown University

“Building on recent scholarship in many fields and on his own keen insights, Salomon’s new study traces significant developments in the art and craft of reading, memory, and annotating texts—developments that situate the Glossa Ordinaria historically and underscore how extraordinary the ordinary gloss is.”

John J. Contreni, Purdue University

“Modern scholars continue to puzzle over how the Glossa Ordinaria was actually read. This study of the Glossa Ordinaria as a medieval ‘hypertext’ makes an important contribution to this puzzle. This book will be of interest to scholars in the history of the material text and the reception of books from the Middle Ages to modernity.”

E. Ann Matter, University of Pennsylvania

Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Preface
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements

1. The Glossing Tradition and the Glossa Ordinaria
2. History, the Text, and the History of the Text
3. Reading, Theory, and Reading Theory
4. Reading the Glossa Ordinaria: Genesis 1:1, 3:1 and John 1:1
5. The Glossa Ordinaria and Hypertext


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