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Commentary of The Gospel of St John

Commentary of The Gospel of St John [Kindle Edition]

St Thomas Aquinas
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St. Thomas’ commentary on the Gospel of St. John is unique among his many writings on Sacred Scripture. It is the work of a master theologian, delivered at the University of Paris, then the intellectual center in Christendom, when Thomas was at the height of his fame and apostolic zeal for souls. A fourteenth-century list of Thomas’ writings notes that this commentary is a reportatio by Reginald of Piperno and adds “better than which none can be found.” Areportatio is a verbal report of an actual lecture taken down by a scribe or student in the course of actual delivery. In this case the scribe was the faithful Friar Reginald of Piperno, who had been the “constant companion,” or socius, for the last fifteen years of Thomas’ short but busy life. The Italian Province of Dominicans wisely provided Thomas with this kind of personal secretary and general factotum after he returned from Paris as a Master in Sacred Theology in 1260.
A reportatio is not exactly a dictation in our sense of the term; it is more like a student’s notebook in shorthand containing basically the gist of what is being said, but usually with varying numbers of verbal omissions and inaccuracies. But this commentary is more than a mere scribal report. It was in fact “corrected” by Thomas himself—if we are to believe Tolomeo of Lucca, one of Thomas’ early biographers and confreres—before the commentary went into circulation through copies made by hand, the customary mode of publication before the era of the printing press. More than that: according to Bernard Gui, another confrere and early biographer, Thomas himself wrote out in full the commentary on the first five chapters of John (and hence this section ought to be considered an authentic expositio, or authoritative version), while the rest of it survived in the hand of Reginald, corrected by Thomas.
This commentary was very popular in the Middle Ages, and it ranks among the best of Thomas’ work as a master theologian and saintly man of faith. It was read not only by theologians searching for the truth, but also by preachers and pious men and women desiring solid food for meditation and fervent prayer. Scattered throughout the world there still exist thirty-three complete and thirteen incomplete manuscript copies of this work, attesting to its considerable popularity before the age of printing. Innumerable copies of this work have no doubt been lost or destroyed in the tumult of centuries following the Middle Ages.
This detailed commentary is St. Thomas’ personal response to the Word of God Incarnate as described in the sublime words of John “the Divine.” For St. Thomas, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob spoke to his chosen people through the mouth of prophets in the long course of salvation history, “But when the appointed time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born a subject of the Law, to redeem the subjects of the Law and to enable us to be adopted as sons” (Gal 4:4-5). This Incarnate Son, Jesus Christ, is the total manifestation of the Father, the Eternal Word made flesh. There is nothing left unsaid in the Word; the Father’s love is complete in the love the Son bears for the Father and for us. Christ’s whole life, his passion, death, and resurrection, are the praise and glory of the Father “through the working of the Holy Spirit.” “You must believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me” (Jn 14:11). “Whatever you ask for in my name I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (Jn 14:13). Christ’s “food” was to do the will of his Father in all things, thus glorifying the Father in Jesus.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent commentary 16 Feb 2014
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an excellent comentary and found it to be most helpful in understanding the gospel of St John well worth reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 31 May 2013
By Batfink
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Good navigating for each lecture, good contents page, and, of course, excellent content from the great St. Thomas! Useful introduction and notes, but mainly good for the lectures themselves, which are a comprehensive word by word analysis of the Gospel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 Nov 2014
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This is an Excellent commentary on the Gospel of St John.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No table of contents 19 Dec 2011
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The content is here, and given that it's Aquinas it's 5 stars. But there is no active table of contents, so there is no easy way to navigate through it. How hard would that have been to add(especially since paying 99 cents for something otherwise free)?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A whole new take on a familiar Gospel 26 April 2012
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I am fascinated by how the medieval theologians interpreted the Bible. It is VERY different from how we do it today. Their different approach is opening up new worlds for me, even if I do have to say "huh?" a couple of times before I get what Aquinas is saying. I love Aquinas' Summa and now I love his Gospel commentary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love John, this one's for you 18 Mar 2013
By Howard L. Gault - Published on
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St Thomas is not approached in the modern world as much as he should be. Unlike the Summa for so many people, this book is able to be used and understood without secondary education in logic and philosophy. Give it a whirl, and enter more fully into the heights of St John's soaring gospel!
5.0 out of 5 stars Commentary on the Gospel of John 14 May 2014
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St. Thomas' commentary on John, like that of Augustine and later, Meister Eckhart, represents the summum bonum of his scriptural works. The deeply theological, mystical approach of John appealed to these qualities in the great commentators. Their studies reveal as much about themselves as they do about the gospel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with purchase and would highly recommend 12 May 2014
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Great price. Very pleased with purchase and would highly recommend to anyone. As you can see I love reading and I really look forward to reading this.
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