Exegesis According to the Rules of Philosophy or the Rule of Faith?: Methodological Conflict in the Ninth-Century Predestination Controversy
Master of Arts in Medieval Studies, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest, May (2010)
Alcuin in the Epistola de litteris colendis – one of the most famous and influential educational documents written in the Carolingian revival – exhorts the addressee.
For this reason, we advise you not only not to neglect the study of the letters, but rather to acquire the proper knowledge of these in order that with an intention humble and pleasing to God you can penetrate easier and properly the mysteries of the Holy Scriptures.
That was one of the documents from which from which the program of ubiquitous and mandatory education of the Frankish clergy was officially launched. Besides regulating ecclesiastical life, one of the main goals of the reforms was not only to amend existing copies of the Bible and produce the new ones, but also to make the clergy “understand what they read in the Bible.”