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Breviloquium (Works of St. Bonaventure, Vol. 9) Paperback – October 12, 2005

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In this new translation of Bonaventure's Breviloquium, Dominic Monti brings to the English speaking world - for the first time - one of the most brilliant yet neglected works of the Seraphic Doctor. Monti's comprehensive introduction and annotated translation provide a great contribution to contemporary scholarship, and enable this precious jewel box of medieval thought to be displayed more prominently. For all those interested int he synthesis of Bonaventure's thought, this work is invaluable. --Ilia Delio, O.S.F., Washington Theological Union

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Fr. Dominic Monti, OFM, a native of Bradford, Pa., has served as provincial vicar of Holy Name Province, the largest province of Franciscan friars in the United States, since 2005. He is widely respected as a Franciscan history scholar.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from St. Bonaventure University in Western New York and a bachelor of sacred theology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Fr. Dominic received a master s degree in sacred theology from Union Theological Seminary, New York, and
a Ph.D. with a concentration in the history of Christianity from the University of Chicago s Divinity School. He was ordained in 1971


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Franciscan Inst Pubs; 1st edition (October 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576591999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576591994
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,181,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Hysell on February 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
St. Bonaventure's BREVILOQUIUM is an excellent introduction to Scholastic theology. Dominic Monti's translation is replete with footnotes and cross references to Peter Lombard's SENTENCES. I have been reading this text for an M.Th.-level course on Sts. Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas.

Anyone who wants a taste medieval theology that is free of post-Tridentene rigidity, St. Bonaventure makes for excellent reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Revelle on January 5, 2015
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St. Bonaventure's Breviloquium is a very concise handbook (hence the name) summarizing many of the most important concepts of medieval theology written for students of his day. It certainly conveys the style of St. Bonaventure: poetic, inspiring, mystically-minded, and interwoven with Scripture and spiritual interpretations. The translation seems pretty accurate. There are good references in the notes, but more thorough explanations in certain places would probably be necessary for someone entirely new to medieval theology. Otherwise, it is not difficult to understand and is well worth reading.
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