About the Book
Thomas Aquinas: Selected Commentaries on the New Testament is a selective anthology of Thomas Aquinas’ New Testament commentaries, collected and organized to reflect the centrality of Christ in the saint’s profoundly theological approach to the Bible. Complete with an introduction, explanatory footnotes, patristic source citations, and other research utilities, this volume offers an introduction to Thomas’ biblical theology suitable for students and independent readers at any level of exposure to his thought.
What People Are Saying...
Reader, in this volume, be prepared to meet a Thomas Aquinas whom we have too often overlooked: a student sitting at the feet of the Evangelists and Apostles, bending his mind to the Gospels and Letters on the most foundational Christian doctrines. Like a master papier-mâché artist, his commentaries fill out the selected passages, drawing out their contours and maintaining their peculiar symmetry, while also giving us new ways to understand them. Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ, says St. Jerome, and ignorance of his scriptural commentaries is ignorance of St. Thomas.
Director of the Science and Religion Initiative at the McGrath Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame
Jason Paone has achieved a breakthrough in the study of Aquinas' biblical commentaries. Paone's selections make crystal clear the power and richness of Aquinas' theology of Christ and life in Christ. Along with opening up Aquinas' biblical interpretation to a broad audience, this magnificent book constitutes a major step forward for Thomistic studies and for the task of learning to read the New Testament as it was meant to be read: namely, as the transformative revelation of divine wonders.
James N. Perry Jr. and Mary D. Perry Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary
This unique “Aquinas Reader” is the best introduction available to Thomas Aquinas as interpreter of the Holy Scriptures and as biblical theologian. The selection of texts is judicious and the overall structure of a sapiential nature that deeply reflects the very heart of St. Thomas’ theological vision. Contrary to modern conventional wisdom, Scripture actually was the very soul of medieval theology, and Thomas’ Scripture commentaries display this fact in an exemplary manner—such that they indeed become a salutary incentive and invitation for contemporary Catholic theology. This volume is to be most warmly welcomed and should find its way into the hands of the avid Catholic Scripture reader, seminarians, priests, and also bishops.
Professor of Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology, The Catholic University of America, Member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas and the International Theological Commission
Thomas Aquinas affirms in his great work the Summa theologiae that theological truth derives from the Scriptures, as read and interpreted within the tradition of the Catholic Church. What some may not realize is that Aquinas also wrote copious commentaries on Scripture and sought in doing so to indicate the revealed truth of Christianity and to interpret the mysteries of the Christian faith with wonderful insight and vivid religious devotion. This volume brings together many of the key passages from Aquinas' scriptural commentaries that have to do with fundamental truths of the faith: the Incarnation, the humanity of Christ, his redemptive death, the mystery of the Eucharist, and the Christian life of grace. This work introduces one directly to Aquinas' theological genius and characteristic sanctity. It does so while opening the Scriptures so that with his help we can better see what is contained therein and revealed by God.
—Thomas Joseph White, OP
Rector of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas