Historia scholastica

The Historia Scholastica is a twelfth-century Biblical paraphrase written in Medieval Latin by Petrus Comestor.[1] Sometimes called the "Medieval Popular Bible", it draws on the Bible and other sources, including the works of classical scholars and the Fathers of the Church, to present a universal history (universal, that is, from the perspective of medieval Europe).[1][2]

The Historia Scholastica was a required part of the core curriculum at the University of Paris, Oxford and other universities, and a significant secondary source of popular biblical knowledge from its completion around 1173[3] through the fifteenth century, although after about 1350 it was gradually supplanted by newer works.[1][4] It was translated into every major Western European vernacular of the period.[1] Numerous paraphrases and abridgements were produced, in Latin and vernacular languages.[1]

It was among the earliest printed works, with editions appearing c. 1470 in both Strasbourg and Reutlingen.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Morey, James H. (January 1993). "Peter Comestor, Biblical Paraphrase, and the Medieval Popular Bible". Speculum. 68 (1): 6–35. doi:10.2307/2863832.
  2. Jones, Gareth; Arrandale, Rick (2007). Blackwell Companion to Modern Theology. Blackwell. p. 136. ISBN 1-4051-5975-8.
  3. Ma'oz, Moshe (2009). The Meeting of Civilizations: Muslim, Christian, and Jewish. Sussex Academic Press. pp. 48–50. ISBN 1-84519-395-4.
  4. Seybolt, Robert Francis (Jul 1946). "The Legenda Aurea, Bible, and Historia Scholastica". Speculum. 21 (3): 339–342. doi:10.2307/2851378.

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