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  • noun Plural form of scribe.


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  • Latin remained the language of religious men, whereas religious women and the laity of both sexes embraced the vernacular although not exclusively. 7 Letters and other documents from officials of the Order to its nuns continued to be written in Latin. 8 Latin, often described as a gendered language, became even more gendered. 9 When the nuns of St. Katharine compiled their cadastral register in 1309, the document and the colophon identifying its female nun/scribe were in the vernacular. 10 In their anniversary book from 1354, the colophon by the scribes is also in the vernacular, but it is followed by a Latin notice by Johann of Constance, sacerdotus. 11 However, there is a difference between documents of practice that recorded the economic aspect of Dominican life, and documents of spirituality that inform us about their religious and devotional practices and behaviors.

    Sensual Encounters: Monastic Women and Spirituality in Medieval Germany 2008

  • Indeed, the first original of the word scribes did more peculiarly signify the numberers.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica 1602-1675 1979

  • Much indeed is there to be said about such a distinguished art, but it is enough to mention the fact that those men are called scribes (librarii) who serve zealously the just scales (libra) of the Lord.

    The Early Middle Ages 500-1000 Robert Brentano 1964

  • Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi) 1721

  • One of those puzzled scribes is Sanger, who scratches his head in today’s piece about Kerry’s “nuanced explanation.”

    August 2004 2004

  • Citizens also had to pay a tax on cooking oil, and tax collectors known as scribes searched homes for used oil, trying to make sure that everyone was using new cooking oil — and thus paying the tax.

    Infernal Revenue: Unusual taxes in history 2011

  • The reason six words works so well as a prompt to define your life, hone your company's mission, or just make sense of your day or, in the case of so many of our passionate six-word scribes at SMITH Teens, every hour of your day, is because anyone can do it.

    Larry Smith: Long Story Short: Six Words on Coming Home From War Larry Smith 2010

  • The Protestant rebellion against Catholic theocracy rose and racked Europe in a way that could never have happened if the limited scribblings of the scribes were the only way Europeans could talk to each other.

    Johann Hari: Has The Internet Brought Us Together -- Or Pulled Us Apart? 2009

  • And, with no apology to those scribes, that is impossible.

    It's about the villages, stupid Dave 2009

  • And, with no apology to those scribes, that is impossible.

    Archive 2009-05-01 Alison 2009


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