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By Jean-Pierre Torrell

In this concise new quantity by means of the acclaimed writer of the biography of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Jean-Pierre Torrell brings his services to undergo on Aquinas's Summa Theologiae. Readers will flip to this booklet many times for a short and well known advent to Aquinas's masterpiece―its content material; its old, literary, and doctrinal settings; and its lasting value.

Torrell starts off with knowledgeable account of Aquinas's existence after which turns his realization to the final buildings 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 health care professional and analyzing Aquinas's Christian, Greek, Jewish, and Arab assets.

The moment 1/2 the ebook surveys the background of the Summa's impact from Aquinas's dying in 1274 throughout the 20th century. Torrell strains the destiny of Aquinas's Summa from its sluggish commence, during the eventual emergence of Thomism, and eventually to its frequent attractiveness. The 19th and 20th centuries witnessed the last 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 strategy.

This e-book is a masterpiece of concision and completeness. it will likely be of substantial curiosity to readers trying to comprehend and enjoy the content material, approach, and impression 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 via CUA Press. Benedict M. Guevin, O.S.B., professor of theology at Saint Anselm university, is writer of Christian Anthropology and Sexual Ethics.


"A tidy creation to the masterwork of Thomas Aquinas written through the reigning professional at the lifestyles and paintings of St. Thomas. there isn't any different publication like it."―Mark Johnson, Marquette University

"[This paintings reminds us that,] while located with admire to its antecedents and its posterity, the Summa appears to be like as a 'living' paintings, wealthy in its historical past and ready to maintain new and artistic appropriations in each age."―Gilles Emery, O.P., Revue Thomiste

Aquinas's Summa is a truly important 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 important 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 was once grasp Thomas, and what paintings did he set for himself? the place used to be he whilst he wrote it? And why, regardless of its huge, immense significance, used to be even this towering genius not able to complete it sooner than his dying, on the gentle age of forty nine? Jean-Pierre Torrell accessibly and instructively solutions all of those questions, and extra.
The 'more' that he bargains 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 neglected it, and who increased it to a canonical status." ― James Hanink, New Oxford Review

"This booklet is ideal for these starting learn within the paintings of St. Thomas. . . . it's going to even be worthy as a short reference consultant and precis of Torrell's higher work." ― James L. Arinello, Religious reviews Review

"Although it's a skinny quantity, it incorporates a super volume of knowledge concerning the Summa. additionally it offers an enormous framework for knowing what one encounters within the Summa. even though this booklet fo

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This term deserves a closer look, for it expresses both a spiritual attitude and a theological method. Master Thomas holds with the Bible the certainty that the work of God in the world is pregnant with meaning accessible to human reason. 8), it must be possible for the theologian to discover and understand something of the one who allows access to beatitude. Thomas cannot be more clear: the study of Christ is necessary to achieve the goal of his theological enterprise. way in which things work in God's plan.

The Dominican Hugh of Saint-Cher followed soon after (from 122932: his teaching and writing; not yet edited) and, between 1243-45, it was the turn ofAlbert the Great. As for Bonaventure, he came just before Thomas (1250--52). Toward the middle of the century, this exercise became mandatory for all future masters and took on such an importance that the Franciscan Roger Bacon (around 1270) became incensed to see the commentary on the Sentences supplanting that of Scripture. Thus, when the statutes of the Faculty ofTheology were drawn up around 1335-36, they were only ratitying an already well-established usage.

This grace, having received his imprint, is then communicated to his body, the Church and becomes cludes his passion (with a study of the responsibility of those who decided it, its efficacy and its salvific fruits), his entombment, and his descent into Hell (qq. 46-52). Lastly, his exaltation, that is, his resurrection (including the modes of existence and appearances of the risen Christ, as well as the way in which his resurrection remains efficacious in our world), his ascension, his exaltation at the right hand of the Father, and how he will judge the living and the dead (qq.

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