Frans van Liere

Frans van Liere


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


Professor Frans van Liere is married to “the other Professor van Liere,” and they have two sons. Frans plays the flute (both modern and baroque flute), sings in the Bach Chorale of Grand Rapids, and brews his own mead. He is also an occasional marathon runner.

Academic interests

Frans van Liere's interests include Medieval Europe, Medieval biblical exegesis, Jewish-Christian relations, schools and universities, and the Avignon papacy. His publications include An Introduction to the Medieval Bible

He is director of the Medieval Studies program.

Frans is co-directing the Spring 2019 Semester in Britain program, along with his wife Kate.

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

Research and scholarship

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. In addition, he is preparing a critical edition of Andrew of Saint Victor's commentary on Isaiah, written around 1155.

Together with Franklin Harkins of Fordham University, Frans van Liere published Interpretation of Scripture: Theory, a collection of translated texts on medieval biblical exegesis from the twelfth-century abbey of Saint Victor in Paris. The sequel, Interpretation of Scripture: Practice, was published in 2015.


Select articles in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in books
  • “Omnia disce: Hugh of Saint Victor on History, the Arts, and Exegesis.” In: Florilegium, 30 (2013): 191-210.
  • “Hugh of Saint Victor: On Meditation. Introduction and translation.” In: Writings on the Spiritual Life.Edited by Christopher P. Evans. Victorine Texts in Translation 4 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), 381-394.
  • “Richard of Saint Victor: Exposition of the Lord’s Prayer. Introduction and translation.” In: Writings on the Spiritual Life. Edited by Christopher P. Evans. Victorine Texts in Translation 4 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), 395-411.
  • “Richard of Saint Victor: Sermon ‘Ave Maris Stella.’ Introduction and translation.” In: Writings on the Spiritual Life. Edited by Christopher P. Evans. Victorine Texts in Translation 4 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), 471-482.
  • “Christ or Antichrist? The Jewish Messiah in Twelfth-Century Christian Eschatology.” In: From Knowledge to Beatitude. St. Victor, Twelfth-Century Scholars, and Beyond: Essays in Honor of Grover A. Zinn, Jr.Edited by E. Ann Matter and Lesley Smith (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013), 342-357.
  • “The Text of the Latin Bible, 900-1400.” In New Cambridge History of the Bible. Edited by E. Ann Matter and Richard Marsden. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • “Biblical exegesis through the twelfth century." In The Practice of the Bible in the Western Middle Ages. Edited by Susan Boynton and Dianne Reilly, 157-178. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.
  • “Andrew of Saint Victor and his Franciscan Critics.” In The Multiple Senses of Scripture. Edited by Ineke Van’t Spijker, 291-309. Commentaria: Interpretations of Sacred Texts in Medieval Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, 2. Leiden: Brill, 2009.
  • “Was the Medieval Church Corrupt?” In Misconceptions about the Middle Ages. Edited by Stephen Harris and Bryon L. Grigsby, 31-39. Routledge Studies in Medieval Religion and Culture. London: Routledge, 2007.
Encyclopaedias and works of reference
  • “Hebraica Veritas,” in The Encyclopaedia of The Bible and Its Reception, ed. Dale. C. Allison, Volker Leppin, and others. (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015), vol. 11, 608-610.
  • “Biblical Exegesis”, and “Glosses.” In Handbook of Medieval Studies: Concepts, Methods, Historical Developments, and Current Trends in Medieval Studies. Edited by Albrecht Classen, 137-145 and 1785-1790. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2010.
  • "Ark of the Covenant. IV: Medieval Christianity." In The Encyclopaedia of The Bible and Its Reception. Edited by B. McGinn and W. Klauck, 758-760. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2009, vol. 2, 758-760.
  • “Marchesino di Reggio Lepidi.” In Dizionario biografico degli Italiani, vol. 66. Edited by Alberto M. Ghisalberti. Roma: Istituto della Enciclopedia italiana, 2006.
  • “Andreas de Sancto Victore.” In C.A.L.M.A.: Compendium auctorum Latinorum Medii Aevi: 500-1500. Edited by Michael Lapidge, Gian Carlo Garfagnini, and Claudio Leonardi, vol. I.3, 255-256. Tavarnuzze: SISMEL, Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2003.
  • “Agricola, Rudolph,” “Aureoli, Peter,” “Benedict XII, Pope,” “Durand of Saint-Pourçain,” “Groote, Gerard,” and “John XXII, Pope.” In The Late Medieval Age of Crisis and Renewal, 1300-1500, A Biographical Dictionary. Edited by Clayton J. Drees, 5-7, 23-4, 41-2, 131-2, 200-202, 255-7. Westport: Greenwood, 2000.
Select publications for a wider audience
  • “Is there a place for Medieval Exegesis in Evangelical Christianity?” Invited op-ed for The Bible and Interpretation, a blog maintained by Mark Elliot, University of Saint Andrews. March 2014.
  • “The News as History.” In Using National Newspapers in the College Classroom; Resources to Improve Teaching and Learning. Edited by Steven Knowlton and Betsy Barefoot, 99-100. New York Times Monograph Series 28. Columbia: National Resource Center, 1999. Also online.
  • “Was the Medieval Church Corrupt?” In Misconceptions about the Middle Ages. Edited by Stephen Harris, online, March 2, 1999.
Select book reviews
  • Vita Latina Adae et Evae. Edited by Jean-Pierre Pettorelli and Jean-Daniel Kaestli; Synopsis Vitae Adae et Evae, Latine Graece, Armeniace et Iberice. Edited by Albert Frey, Jean-Daniel Kaestli, Bernard Outtier, and Jean-Pierre Pettorelli. Corpus Christianorum, series apocryphorum 18-19. Turnhout: Brepols 2012. In: The Journal of Medieval Latin, 25 (2015), 279-281.
  • Anselmus Laudunensis. Glosae super Iohannem. Edited by Alexander Andrée. Corpus Christianorum, continuatio mediaeualis 267. Turnhout: Brepols, 2014. In: Speculum 90:3 (2015), 766-67.
  • Nicolaus Maniacoria. Suffraganeus Bibliothece. Edited by Cornelia Linde. Corpus Christianorum, continuatio mediaeualis 262. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013. In: Journal of Medieval Latin (2015), 270-272.
  • Marks of Distinction. Christian Perceptions of Jews in the High Middle Ages. By Irven M. Resnick. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2012. In The Medieval Review, 14.10.22.
  • How to Correct the Sacra Scriptura? Textual Criticism of the Latin Bible between the Twelfth and the Fifteenth Century, by Cornelia Linde. In: Speculum. A Journal of Medieval Studies 88 (2013), 1123-25.
  • Holy Scripture and the Quest for Authority at the End of the Middle Ages, by Ian Christopher Levy. In:Marginalia. A Review of books in history, theology and religion, 22 May 2013.
  • Eamon Duffy, Ten Popes Who Shook the World (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2011), in The Historian (2012), 904-905.
  • Vocabularius Thetonicus. Überlieferungsgeschichtliche Edition des mittelniederdeutsch-lateinischen Schulwörterbuchs. Edited by Robert Damme. Niederdeutsche Studien, 54,1-3. Köln, Weimar, Wien: Böhlau Verlag, 2011, in Mediaevistik 25 (2012), 564-565.
  • Mary Dove. The Earliest Advocates of the English Bible: The Texts of the Medieval Debate. (Exeter: Exeter
    University Press, 2010) in Textual cultures: texts, context, interpretation 6.2 (2011), 160-61.
  • Guillelmi de Luxi Postilla super Baruch, Postilla super Ionam. Edited by Andrew T. Sulavik. Corpus Christianorum, contunuatio mediaeualis 219 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2006), in Vivarium 46 (2008): 120-121.
  • Brian Murdoch, The Medieval Popular Bible. Expansions of Genesis in the Middle Ages (Cambridge: Brewer, 2003), in Studi Medievali 47 (2006): 978-979.

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