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Commentary on the Book of Jonah
Haimo of Auxerre

Edited by Deborah Everhart

Commentary on the Book of Jonah
Paperback, 52 pages £8.00
Published: 1993
ISBN: 9781879288362
Format: 216mm x 140mm
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Subjects: Biblical Studies, Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies
Series: TEAMS Commentary Series

Haimo of Auxerre's Commentary on the Book of Jonah was probably written as a study text for scholars in the monastery. His basic method is to present a verse from the Book of Jonah, then offer condensed versions of the diverse and occasionally contradictory interpretations of that verse that were available to him. For example, he displays familiarity with the commentaries written earlier by Jerome and Origen. He provides allegorical, literal, moral, and ecclesiastical interpretations. He moves freely between the language of his commentary and the language of the Bible, and he demonstrates the interrelatedness of his own text and biblical teachings. Sometimes he recalls interpretations from earlier in his own commentary. This rich interrelatedness makes Haimo's commentary both challenging and satisfying. In his work we can see the medieval mind at work, trying to interpret not only the biblical text but also his own world.


Deborah Everhart teaches classes on medieval literature and culture at Georgetown University and has written numerous articles and presented papers and seminars on medieval literature, emerging technologies, and the future of teaching and learning.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 52 pages
 216mm x 140mm

BIC Code:
 Medieval Institute Publications


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