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Nicholas of Lyra
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(c. 1270/1275, Lyre near Evreux – Oct 1349, Paris), Franciscan and an influential exegete. Nicholas taught theology in Paris from 1308 to 1319 and again c. 1326; in 1319 he became the Franciscan provincial of Francia and in 1324 of Burgundy. He composed a Postilla literalis et moralis in Vetus et Novum Testamentum (1471/1472 and later), which went through many editions to 1660 and was partially translated into various vernaculars. He also wrote anti-Jewish works, quaestiones, and 259 sermones. Nicholas grounded his interpretation on the literal meaning of the text (Pro…

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Raeder, Siegfried, “Nicholas of Lyra”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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