Frans van Liere


Education

M.Th., University of Groningen
M.A. in Medieval Studies, University of Groningen
Ph.D. in Medieval Studies, University of Groningen

Biography

Frans is married to “the other Professor van Liere,” and they have two sons, Kees and Thomas. Frans plays the flute (both modern and baroque flute), sings in the Bach Chorale of Grand Rapids, and is also an avid woodworker and gardener.

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For the academic year 2012-2013, Frans van Liere was a member at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., where he researched a central concept in the history of medieval Christian Hebraism, the idea of the Hebraica Veritas. This will be the topic of the book he is currently writing.

Together with Franklin Harkins of Fordham University, Prof. van Liere recently published Interpretation of Scripture: Theory, a collection of translated texts on medieval biblical exegesis from the twelfth-century abbey of Saint Victor in Paris (series Victorine Texts in Translation, vol. 3. Turnhout: Brepols, 2012. Paperback Boston: New City Press, 2013). The sequel, Interpretation of Scripture: Practice, is set to appear in 2015.

See a partial list of Frans van Liere's publications

Read Frans van Liere's posts on Historical Horizons, the history department blog.

Academic interests

Prof. van Liere's interests include Medieval Europe, Medieval biblical exegesis, Jewish-Christian relations, schools and universities, and the Avignon papacy. His publications include editions of Andrew of Saint Victor's twelfth-century Bible commentaries on Samuel and Kings and the Twelve Prophets. His book An Introduction to the Medieval Bible was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014.

Prof. van Liere is director of the Medieval Studies program.

For the academic year 2012-2013, Frans van Liere was a member at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., where he researched a central concept in the history of medieval Christian Hebraism, the idea of the Hebraica Veritas. This will be the topic of the book he is currently writing.

Together with Franklin Harkins of Fordham University, Prof. van Liere recently published Interpretation of Scripture: Theory, a collection of translated texts on medieval biblical exegesis from the twelfth-century abbey of Saint Victor in Paris (series Victorine Texts in Translation, vol. 3. Turnhout: Brepols, 2012. Paperback Boston: New City Press, 2013). The sequel, Interpretation of Scripture: Practice, is set to appear in 2015.

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Publications

Together with Franklin Harkins of Fordham University, Prof. van Liere recently published Interpretation of Scripture: Theory, a collection of translated texts on medieval biblical exegesis from the twelfth-century abbey of Saint Victor in Paris (series Victorine Texts in Translation, vol. 3. Turnhout: Brepols, 2012), as well as a chapter, “The Text of the Latin Bible, 900-1400,” in the New Cambridge History of the Bible, edited by E. Ann Matter and Richard Marsden (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).

In September 2011, Prof. van Liere presented “The Christian Myth of Hebrew Truth” at the conference “Von Theodulf zu Raschi: Sondierungen zu den Anfängen der europäischen Bibelwissenschaft” in Heidelberg. In October, he gave the keynote address, “'Total wisdom:' Hugh of Saint Victor (d. 1141) on Christian Education” at the Kuyers Institute conference “Education as Formation: Christian Approaches” at Calvin College. And in November 2011, he presented “Bible Text and Authority in Early Modern Europe” at the International Workshop “Strategies of Catholic Identity Formation in a Period of Religious Confusion (c. 1510-1560)” at Radboud University, Nijmegen.

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