(Leiden: Brill, 2014). xv + 222 pp. isbn : 9789004254688 In 1951, Beryl Smalley identified a manuscript of St Paul’s Cathedral Library that had been wrongly catalogued as a ‘fourteenth century Psalter’ as ‘perhaps the most exciting specimen of biblical scholarship produced by a Latin writer of the later twelfth century’. 1 The manuscript in question is the Psalterium cum commento of Herbert of Bosham (c. 1120–c. 1194), which combines Jerome’s Iuxta Hebraeos Psalter with a commentary that displays the author’s extraordinary knowledge of the Hebrew text of Psalms and of Jewish interpretations. From obscurity, this work has risen to prominence in the study of medieval exegesis, particularly through the publication of two recent monographs. Eva De Visscher’s Reading the Rabbis: Christian Hebraism in the Works of Herbert of Bosham is a rewritten version of her 2004 doctoral thesis. It follows hot on the heels of Deborah Goodwin’s ‘Take Hold of the Robe of a Jew’: Herbert of Bosham’s Christian Hebraism (Leiden: Brill, 2006), a revision of her 2001 thesis. The title of the first chapter of De Visscher’s book, ‘How much Hebrew did Herbert know?’, is the primary question of the monograph. The author first analyses Herbert’s
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