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The Ten Commandments in the Medieval Schools

When, in the generation after Hugh, Peter Lombard (d. 1160), master of the cathedral school at Notre Dame, included the commandments in his highly influential Four Books of Sentences, the position of the Decalogue in the schools’ curriculum was virtually guaranteed. It was made certain early in the thirteenth century, when the Sentences was made the textbook for all students studying the Bible in Paris, which had itself become the European centre for biblical and theological research.

See Also: The Ten Commandments: Interpreting the Bible in the Medieval World (Leiden and Boston: E. J. Brill. 2014).

By Lesley Smith
Harris Manchester College, Oxford University
September 2014

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