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Andrew of St-Victor
An Old Testament exegete and the first abbot of the Victorine monastery at Wigmore (England), Andrew of St-Victor was born c. 1110 in England and entered St-Victor in Paris when he was around 20. The details of his life are largely unknown. He studied under Hugh of St-Victor, whom he later succeeded as teacher of Scripture, and returned to England c. 1147 as abbot of the daughterhouse in Herefordshire. Difficulties with the monks caused his return to Paris the same year. He returned to Wigmore c. 1161/63 and died there in 1175.
Andrew was the first Western scholar to study Jewish texts systematically. He drew on Jewish literature as sources for his commentaries on the Octateuch, the books of the Prophets, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes. His emphasis on the literal sense of scripture is akin to the style of the Antiochene school.
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