Eric Knibbs

Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Fellow in the Humanities

20032004 Forum on Belief

Eric Knibbs


College '04

An Apocalypse Commentary Attributed to Alcuin

Among the Biblioteca Vaticana's manuscript collection is a 9th- or 10th-century commentary on the Apocalypse of mysterious authorship, origin, and significance. In spite of the text's frequent association with two eighth-century figures—Charlemagne court scholar Alcuin of York and French abbot Ambrosius Autpertus—questions abound regarding its source. Knibbs proposes a close textual analysis to elucidate the author's beliefs with respect to the enigmatic book of the Apocalypse, as well as broader socio-literary issues of canonical authority and religious perspective.