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Robert of Bridlington

Robert of Bridlington (or Robert the Scribe) was an English clergyman and theologian.

Robert was an Augustinian canon at Bridlington Priory. He held the office of prior, the fourth to hold that office. He occurs as prior in documents dating to sometime between 1147 and 1156. He was out of office by 1159, and may have resigned the office rather than dying in office. The historian Richard Sharpe gives his death date as after 1154. The sixteenth-century antiquary John Leland recorded that Robert was buried in the cloister of the priory near the doors of the chapter house. According to Leland the inscription on his monument read "Robertus cognomento Scriba quartus prior" or "Robert surnamed Scribe fourth prior". Leland saw copies of his works in the priory library, and his alternate name "the Scribe" arose from the number of writings that he authored.

Robert wrote a number of works of biblical commentary, some of which survive and some which are not extant. He is occasionally confused with another contemporary author who was Augustinian canon – Robert of Cricklade, who was prior of St Frideswide's Priory in Oxfordshire. Robert of Bridlinton's surviving works include a commentary on the ''Book of Exodus'', which survives in two manuscripts, a commentary on the minor prophets, surviving in three copies, a commentary on the Pauline Epistles in two extant copies, and a commentary on the visions in the ''Book of Revelation'', surviving in two manuscripts. The work on Revelation may have been by Robert of Cricklade. None of these works have been published yet.

Robert's works that do not survive include a commentary on the ''Book of Genesis'', one on the ''Book of Leviticus'', a commentary on the ''Book of Numbers'', a treatise on the ''Book of Deuteronomy'', a commentary on the ''Gospel of Matthew'', a work on the ''Gospel of John'', a work entitled ''De corpore et sanguine Domini'', and a treatise entitled ''De ecclesia catholica''. Robert is known to have written a commentary on the ''Book of Psalms'', which may be the same as a work at Syon known as "Bridlyinton super Psalterium" (MS F.20). This may be the same work as two other manuscripts – one held in the British Library (MS Royal 3 B.xi) and the other at the Durham University...
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