Renæssanceforum 11 • 2016

Annet den Haan
Valla on Biblical Scholarship: metadiscourse at the court of Nicholas V

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Lorenzo Valla's Annotationes to the New Testament have been the object of study both as part of the history of Biblical scholarship and in the context of Valla's own intellectual development. The work was, however, embedded in the intellectual context of the Vatican court in the 1450s, where several humanists were engaged in Biblical scholarship. A comparison of Valla's approach to the Bible with that of Cardinal Bessarion, George of Trebizond, and Giannozzo Manetti shows that these authors shared a set of principles which they debated among themselves and applied each in their own way.