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Holy Scripture and the Quest for Authority at the End of the Middle Ages

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All participants in late medieval debates recognized Holy Scripture as the principal authority in matters of Catholic doctrine. Popes, theologians, lawyers--all were bound by the divine truth it conveyed. Yet the church possessed no absolute means of determining the final authoritative meaning of the biblical text--hence the range of appeals to antiquity, to the papacy, and to councils, none of which were ultimately conclusive. Authority in the late medieval church was a vexing issue precisely because it was not resolved. ...

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Holy Scripture and the Quest for Authority at the End of the Middle Ages
2012, University of Notre Dame Press

ISBN-13: 9780268034146

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