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Aquinas, Bonaventure, and the Scholastic Culture of Medieval Paris

Preaching, Prologues, and Biblical Commentary

Aquinas, Bonaventure, and the Scholastic Culture of Medieval Paris

Preaching, Prologues, and Biblical Commentary

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Hardback

£75.00

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108841153
Number of Pages: 460
Published: 04/02/2021
Width: 18.3 cm
Height: 26 cm
In this volume, Randall B. Smith provides a revisionist account of the scholastic culture that flourished in Paris during the High Middle Ages. Exploring the educational culture that informed the intellectual and mental habits of Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventure, he offers an in-depth study of the prologues and preaching skills of these two masters. Smith reveal the intricate interrelationships between the three duties of the master: lectio (reading), disputatio (debate), and praedicatio (preaching). He also analyzes each of Aquinas and Bonaventure's prologues from their student days to their final works, revealing both their artistry and their instructional character. Written in an engaging style, this book serves as an invaluable resource that will enable scholars and students to read thirteenth-century sermons, prologues, and biblical commentaries with greater understanding and ease.

Randall B. Smith (University of St Thomas, Houston)

Randall B. Smith is the Scanlon Foundation Endowed Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. He is the author of How to Read a Sermon by Thomas Aquinas.

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