Aquinas's Summa: Background, Structure, and Reception by Jean-Pierre Torrell

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By Jean-Pierre Torrell

In this concise new quantity through 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 e-book many times for a quick and renowned creation to Aquinas's masterpiece―its content material; its historic, literary, and doctrinal settings; and its lasting importance.

Torrell starts off with knowledgeable account of Aquinas's lifestyles after which turns his consciousness 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 assets.

The moment 1/2 the ebook surveys the historical past of the Summa's effect from Aquinas's loss of life in 1274 throughout the 20th century. Torrell lines the destiny of Aquinas's Summa from its sluggish commence, in the course of the eventual emergence of Thomism, and at last to its common recognition. 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 process.

This ebook is a masterpiece of concision and completeness. will probably be of substantial curiosity to readers trying to comprehend and enjoy the content material, strategy, and impression of the Summa and the fellow who wrote it.


Jean-Pierre Torrell is a Dominican priest of the Toulouse province and professor of dogmatic theology on the collage of Fribourg. he's the writer of the hugely praised Saint Thomas Aquinas volumes released by means of 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 by way of the reigning professional at the lifestyles and paintings of St. Thomas. there is not any different publication like it."―Mark Johnson, Marquette University

"[This paintings reminds us that,] while located with recognize 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 inventive appropriations in each age."―Gilles Emery, O.P., Revue Thomiste

Aquinas's Summa is a truly useful creation not just to the constitution and content material of the Summa Theologiae, but in addition to the individual and paintings of St. Thomas Aquinas himself. This little publication 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 was once grasp Thomas, and what paintings did he set for himself? the place was once 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 earlier than his demise, on the delicate 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 missed it, and who increased it to a canonical status." ― James Hanink, New Oxford Review

"This e-book is ideal for these starting learn within the paintings of St. Thomas. . . . it's going to even be necessary as a brief reference consultant and precis of Torrell's better work." ― James L. Arinello, Religious reports Review

"Although it's a skinny quantity, it includes a great volume of knowledge concerning the Summa. furthermore it offers a big framework for figuring out what one encounters within the Summa. even supposing this booklet fo

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3); a practical science? (a. 4); what is its place among the other sciences? (a. 5); is it wisdom? (a. 6); what is its subject? (a. 7); does it proceed by rational argument? (a. 8); does it use metaphors? (a. 9); and finally, since it is identified in part with Scripture, what should we think about the multiple senses of Scripture? (a. 10). In this simple example, the subject debated can be reduced to one question. This does not dispense with the need to look at parallel texts for mutual clarification (it happens sometimes that parts of the work of Peter Lombard very shorrly after its writing.

THE BIBLE In the first place, Sacred Scripture intimately penetrates Thomas's work. When he is referred to as a master of biblical sciences, we tend to think of his commentaries on several books of the Old Testament (Isaiah, Jeremiah, the Lamentations, Job, the Psalms) and most of the New Testament (Matthew, John, and all of St. Paul). But it would be a mistake to see these as an isolated part of his work. In truth, his other works are equally full of biblical references, and the Summa is no exception.

In what we have, we find no trace of the progress that we see in the first pages of this Third Part. In the new conclusions he had reached with respect to the positions he took as a younger man, Thomas leaves his reader and disciple an example of his unceasing journey in search of the truth. N ow THAT WE HAVE MET THE Summa's author and c,orne to know i~s major features as well as the essennal elements of Its content, there remains the task of saying something about the milieu in which it was written.

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