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Feeling Like SaintsLollard Writings after Wyclif$
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Fiona Somerset

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452819

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452819.001.0001

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God’s Law

God’s Law

Loving, Learning, and Teaching

(p.63) Chapter 2 God’s Law
Feeling Like Saints

Fiona Somerset

Cornell University Press

This chapter engages with commentaries on the commandments (or “hestis”) of God’s law across their full extent, as formal systems each of which attempts to find a balance amid the tensions involved in the lollard attempt to center the religious life of a community on the commandments—love versus learning, self-discernment versus correction of others, difficult versus easy, certitude versus despair, sufficiency versus inadequacy, all truth in few words versus few words that somehow encapsulate all truth. It examines all of the extant freestanding exegeses of the gospel precepts in Middle English and the single copy of the longest and most compendious of all lollard commentaries on the commandments, in order to illustrate a means of reading texts of this kind.

Keywords:   hestis, God’s law, religious life, exegeses, gospel precepts, lollard commentaries

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