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Abelard (Abailard), Peter

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Aaron – Aniconism

Volume 1
Editor(s): Hans-Josef Klauck, Volker Leppin, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, New York) 2012

Theology and Exegesis

Ingo Klitzsch

Although the dictum of the “Renaissance of the 12th century” has been rightly questioned by scholars, it points out the dynamic of Abelard’s lifetime (1079–1142). His own biography, mostly reported by his famous Historia Calamitatum, is no less colorful: Abelard, the eldest son of a knight and endowed with extraordinary intellectual gifts (and self-confidence), attacked the most famous teachers of his time, William of Champeaux and Anselm of Laon; the young Abelard was taught by Roscelin of Com…

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