Thursday, April 12, 2012

Logos Bible Software is Translating Three Major Works of St. Thomas Aquinas into English for the First Time

From the announcement page for this exciting new development:

Despite its undeniable importance, much of Aquinas’ work remains available only in Latin. That’s about to change. Logos is going to translate his Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, Commentary on the Prophet Isaiah, and Commentary on the Prophet Jeremiah into English.
Aquinas wrote three major works of theology. His Summa Theologica (1265–1274) and Summa Contra Gentiles (1264?) have been available in English for almost a century. But his third major piece, his Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, remains untranslated. Aquinas wrote the Commentary on the Sentences in his twenties as a brand new professor at the University of Paris. The commentary influenced his contemporaries and remains heavily cited by modern theologians. In it, Aquinas broached topics that would dominate his later works, such as the relationship between Aristotelian philosophy and theology. It also offers Aquinas’ most sustained treatments of ecclesiology and sacramental theology.

See the Logos page for the Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard and also the Isaiah and Jeremiah commentaries. They can all be pre-ordered. See a partial translation elsewhere of the first work, to get an idea of what it is like. Wikipedia describes Lombard's Sentences:

The Four Books of Sentences (Libri Quattuor Sententiarum) is a book of theology written by Peter Lombard in the twelfth century. It is a systematic compilation of theology, written around 1150; it derives its name from the sententiae or authoritative statements on biblical passages that it gathered together. . . .

Lombard arranged his material from the Bible and the Church Fathers in four books, then subdivided this material further into chapters. Probably between 1223 and 1227, Alexander of Hales grouped the many chapters of the four books into a smaller number of "distinctions." In this form, the book was widely adopted as a theological textbook in the high and late Middle Ages (the 13th, 14th, and 15th centuries). A commentary on the Sentences was required of every master of theology, and was part of the examination system. . . .

The importance of the Sentences to medieval theology and philosophy lies to a significant extent in the overall framework that they provide to theological and philosophical discussion. All the great scholastic thinkers, such as Aquinas, Ockham, Bonaventura, and Scotus, wrote commentaries on the Sentences. But these works were not exactly commentaries, for the Sentences were really a compilation of sources, and Peter Lombard left many questions open, giving later scholars an opportunity to provide their own answers.

Logos also offers St. Thomas' Catena Aurea (or, Golden Chain): an eight-volume compilation of patristic commentary on the Gospels, that contains passages from over eighty Church Fathers.

You can buy any of these even if you don't own one of the Logos package deals. The reader software is free.

Other great deals at the moment at Logos include 93% off the Catholic Library Builder and 25% off 32 titles.

Very soon (as I have already noted), ten of my own books will also be available for purchase at Logos, too.

I've written a  review of Logos Catholic Bible Software, if you'd like to learn more about it. Very highly recommended!

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You can buy one of these even if you do not have one of the Logos package deals. The reader software is free.

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