ISBN 10: 1-59752-192-2
Web Price: $180.00
ISBN 13: 978-1-59752-192-5
Publication Date: 05/16/2005
Street Date: 05/16/2005
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Category: Biblical studies
Catena Aurea, 8 Volumes
Commentary on the Four Gospels, Collected out of the Works of the Fathers
By Thomas Aquinas
The latter twentieth century and early twenty-first century has seen a revival of interest in the biblical commentary of the church fathers. Noteworthy evidence is supplied by the ongoing publication of two major patristic commentaries by Eerdmans and InterVarsity Press. During the thirteenth century the western church experienced a similar revival of interest in the church fathers, with many Eastern texts being translated from Greek to Latin for the first time, and thereby becoming available to a wider public. There was also an increasing hunger for access to the original message of Scripture as understood by early Christians, and to this, it was felt, the church fathers held the key.
It was Pope Urban IV who commissioned St. Thomas to compile the 'Catena' in a bid to make readily available to the academic public an orthodox patristic commentary on the Gospels.
The Oxford Movement was the catalyst for this English translation by John Henry Newman in 1841.
The 'Catena' is not as original as Thomas's other writings, but manifests an intimate acquaintance with the fathers of the church and provides an excellent compliment to the modern attempts to understand how the fathers read scripture.