HERBERT OF BOSHAM, PETER LOMBARD'S COMMENTARY ON THE PSALTER, PART II (PSALMS 74–150)

Paris?, c. 1173–77, 20 x 11 3/4 in. (50.8 x 29.8 cm), MS. Auct. E. inf. 6, one of four volumes, fol. 129r

This work was compiled by Herbert of Bosham (died c. 1194), a Hebraist in the household of Thomas Becket, archbishop of Canterbury. Twelfth-century Christian theologians often turned to Jewish commentaries on the Bible to broaden their understanding of scripture. Bosham consulted a Jewish scholar, whom he called "my grammarian." At bottom is a note: "The Hebrew does not have this verse [in Psalm 145] and Gamaliel says that [it] does not belong here." "Gamaliel" here alludes to the Talmud, or to a wider body of rabbinic sources.



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