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Rita Copeland and Ineke Sluiter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199653782

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.001.0001

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General Prologue of the Wycliffite Bible, CA. 1395–1399

General Prologue of the Wycliffite Bible, CA. 1395–1399

(p.845) General Prologue of the Wycliffite Bible, CA. 1395–1399
Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the General Prologue of the Wycliffite Bible, written around 1395–1399. The prologue represents a central theoretical statement about the most important vernacularising project of the Lollard movement. It consists of eleven chapters that introduce the books of the Old Testament, the last four of which present a series of hermeneutical and compositional precepts such as those relating to the fourfold interpretation of Scripture and the seven rules of Tyconius. This chapter also considers Ciceronian rhetoric in relation to Wycliffite hermeneutical thought and Augustine's De doctrina christiana.

Keywords:   rhetoric, Wycliffite Bible, Lollard movement, Old Testament, Scripture, Tyconius, Augustine, De doctrina christiana

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