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

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 repeatedly for a quick and well known creation to Aquinas's masterpiece―its content material; its old, literary, and doctrinal settings; and its lasting value.

Torrell starts with knowledgeable account of Aquinas's existence after which turns his recognition 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 general practitioner and analyzing Aquinas's Christian, Greek, Jewish, and Arab assets.

The moment half the booklet surveys the heritage of the Summa's effect from Aquinas's demise in 1274 in the course of the 20th century. Torrell lines the destiny of Aquinas's Summa from its gradual begin, during the eventual emergence of Thomism, and eventually to its frequent attractiveness. 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 process.

This ebook is a masterpiece of concision and completeness. it will likely be of substantial curiosity to readers trying to comprehend and delight in the content material, process, 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 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 collage, is writer of Christian Anthropology and Sexual Ethics.


"A tidy creation to the masterwork of Thomas Aquinas written by means of the reigning specialist at the existence and paintings of St. Thomas. there's no different ebook like it."―Mark Johnson, Marquette University

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

Aquinas's Summa is a truly worthy creation 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 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, was once even this towering genius not able to complete it ahead of his loss of life, on the gentle 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 e-book is ideal for these starting examine within the paintings of St. Thomas. . . . it is going to even be necessary as a short reference advisor and precis of Torrell's higher work." ― James L. Arinello, Religious stories Review

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

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Martin Hubert counted decide between St. Paul and St. John. When it comes to the Christo-forming character of grace, the connection with St. explicit citations in the Summa theologioe and the Paul is clear: Thomas merely states in theological language what he finds in the Pauline epistles. 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.

65 a. I). The relation of man to the entire community is evidenced in the supreme fruit of the Eucharist that is the unity of the mystical body and in two additional ways. First, by the authority who governs the many through the exercise of public functions. That which corresponds to this in the life of the Church is the sacrament of Orders, since priests do not offer the Eucharist only for themselves but for all the people. Second, since this social end is realized birth of the Church on the Cross.

II); and finally acquired knowledge by which he knew the same way all men know, from experience (q. I2). This last point, which seems obvious to us, was not so in the thirteenth century. Thomas was the only theologian to say it and even his own thinking evolved on the subject since, in the Sen- 55 not denote "faults," nor are they really "deficiencies" (which, in our language, suggests imperfection). " Since Christ assumed a concrete human nature, we can expect not only that he is capable of suffering (q.

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