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By Jean-Pierre Torrell

ISBN-10: 0813213983

ISBN-13: 9780813213989

In this concise new quantity via the acclaimed writer of the biography of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Jean-Pierre Torrell brings his services to endure on Aquinas's Summa Theologiae. Readers will flip to this ebook repeatedly for a short and renowned creation to Aquinas's masterpiece―its content material; its old, literary, and doctrinal settings; and its lasting importance.

Torrell starts off with knowledgeable account of Aquinas's existence after which turns his realization to the final constructions and particular content material of the Summa. He considers the literary and doctrinal context of the Summa, situating the paintings in the total literary corpus of the Angelic medical professional and interpreting Aquinas's Christian, Greek, Jewish, and Arab resources.

The moment 1/2 the ebook surveys the heritage of the Summa's impression from Aquinas's dying in 1274 during the 20th century. Torrell strains the destiny of Aquinas's Summa from its gradual begin, in the course of the eventual emergence of Thomism, and at last to its common recognition. The 19th and 20th centuries witnessed the final word triumph of Aquinas's paintings with the encyclical Aeternis patris and, within the wake of Vatican II there was renewed curiosity in its content material and procedure.

This ebook is a masterpiece of concision and completeness. it is going to be of substantial curiosity to readers trying to comprehend and get pleasure from the content material, approach, and effect of the Summa and the guy who wrote it.


Jean-Pierre Torrell is a Dominican priest of the Toulouse province and professor of dogmatic theology on the college of Fribourg. he's the writer of the hugely praised Saint Thomas Aquinas volumes released by way of CUA Press. Benedict M. Guevin, O.S.B., professor of theology at Saint Anselm collage, is writer of Christian Anthropology and Sexual Ethics.


"A tidy creation to the masterwork of Thomas Aquinas written through the reigning professional at the existence and paintings of St. Thomas. there is not any different ebook like it."―Mark Johnson, Marquette University

"[This paintings reminds us that,] while positioned with recognize to its antecedents and its posterity, the Summa looks as a 'living' paintings, wealthy in its background and ready to maintain new and inventive appropriations in each age."―Gilles Emery, O.P., Revue Thomiste

Aquinas's Summa is a truly beneficial advent not just to the constitution and content material of the Summa Theologiae, but additionally to the individual and paintings of St. Thomas Aquinas himself. This little booklet is critical for its breadth, accessibility and readability. . . . [It is an] vital contribution to the corpus of secondary Thomistic literature." ― Christopher Cuddy, Lay Witness

"[S]tock questions are apt to floor in our minds, and greater than as soon as. Who? What? the place? while? And why? Who used to be grasp Thomas, and what paintings did he set for himself? the place used to be he while he wrote it? And why, regardless of its huge, immense value, used to be even this towering genius not able to complete it prior to his dying, on the delicate age of forty nine? Jean-Pierre Torrell accessibly and instructively solutions all of those questions, and extra.
The 'more' that he deals is a century-by-century account of the reception of Aquinas's Summa. Who learn it and profited, who misinterpret it and didn't; who overlooked it, and who increased it to a canonical status." ― James Hanink, New Oxford Review

"This ebook is ideal for these starting examine within the paintings of St. Thomas. . . . it is going to even be precious as a brief reference consultant and precis of Torrell's higher work." ― James L. Arinello, Religious reports Review

"Although it's a skinny quantity, it encompasses a great volume of data concerning the Summa. furthermore it presents a major framework for realizing what one encounters within the Summa. even though this ebook fo

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The extraordinary debates, called Quodlibets, appeared later Literary and Doctrinal Milieu Literary Panorama (although Thomas was already engaged in them beginning in iar with this structure, for all of the articles are constructed ac- r256) and were held twice a year, at Easter and Christmas. Even cording to this schema. What was originally simply the reflec- though the masters did not always want tion of a more or less animated oral discussion became a process 66 to participate in these debates, the public was fond of them, for their tournament-like of personal reflecting on and writing about.

This means that we should seriously revise the perspective in which we speak of the "opposition" berween the Augustinians and the Aristotelians, for a long time considered one of the historical keys to the thirteenth century. with florilegia of Greek origin and of authors not then known logical and Trinitarian thought. For example, the doctrine of the full humanity of Christ as an instrument (organon) of his divinity came directly from the Alexandrian fathers Athanasius and Cyril. But Thomas also received a lot from Maximus the Confessor by means of John Damascene concerning, for example, the doctrine of free will.

The same thing can be said for the theme of the imitation of Christ, the theology of the Holy some 38,000 Summa contra Gentiles. Of this number, 25,000 come from the Bible, almost two-thirdS. In a shorter opuscule (on the Ten Commandments, which is no longer than thirty-eight pages of one of our modern-day books of ordinary size), we find 491 citations, roughly 14 per page. In addition to these numbers, we have to realize that for Thomas, the Bible is the Word of God in which he finds both his inspiration and his norm.

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