Robert Grosseteste

On Mountains

Introduction by Neil Lewis

Robert Grosseteste says: “The mountain indicates the Lord Savior. Therefore Isaias 2o: [Is. 2:2] " The mountain will be prepared as a house in the last days," etc. [cf. Dan. 2:34-35] And Daniel said that the stone was taken from the mountain without hands, which grew into a great mountain, Daniel 2o. The mountain also indicates the church, thus the Psalmist: [Ps. 124:1] "He who trusts in God is like Mount Zion." and again: [Ps. 123:3] "Like the dew of Hermon which falls on Mount Zion." Similarly, the apostles and prophets are mountains. Thus the Psalmist: [Ps. 103:18]: "The high mountains for the deer." Similarly, mountains indicate holy men, or divine books, or angels. Therefore in that Psalm: [Ps. 120:1] "I raised my eyes to the mountains." The mountain is also the people of the Jews, about which in Daniel: [cf. Dan. 2:34]: The stone has been separated from the mountain without hands," that is Christ, without the deed of a man, from the people of the Jews. Similarly, men who are striving for the heights of this world are mountains. Thus: [Ps. 96:5] "The mountains flowed like wax from the face of the Lord," etc. The rich and powerful of this world are mountains, as in Job 41o: [Iob 40:15] "The mountains bring grass here," that is the vetch of meat.”

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