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The Medieval Theologians: An Introduction to Theology in the Medieval Period (The Great Theologians) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0631212027
ISBN-10: 0631212027
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"[This book] forms a very full introduction to medieval theology in general. Edited by a leading scholar in the field...the list alone of the other contributors assures the reader from the outset of the high quality of the scholarship. The lucidity and clarity of the presentation of the material are remarkable, and they make the book highly accessible to the general reader as well as to the specialist." Theology <!--end-->

"The present volume is a fine comprehensive introduction to medieval theology and introduces students to the major individual theologians of that period. I recommend this text as a very good introductory text. Were I teaching a course on medieval theology at the moment, I would probably list this as required reading for my students." H-Net Reviews

"The collection succeeds becuase of the substantial number of essays which are truly outstanding. Those of us who offer courses in medieval theology would do well to consider using this book alongside primary texts." Religious Studies Review

“The editor provides an extremely useful introduction [and] some very incisive lines of thought … This is an excellent addition to the series and will be a valuable introduction to the crucial formative period of Christian theology.” Australian Religious Studies Review

"It fills a considerable gap in theological literature, for I know of no other book that comes close to covering medieval theology as thoroughly as this one does." John S. Hammett, Faith & Mission

"This collection of essays is a success, for they are not perfunctory summations, but include genuine insights." Anglican Theological Review

"Evans has provided a genuinely useful introduction to a central, and yet surprisingly neglected, area of medieval studies." Ecclesiastical History

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As an introduction to medieval theology this book examines the major theologians of the time, including: Aquinas, Abelard, Bernard of Calirvaus & the Waldensians to name a few. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Great Theologians
  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (February 16, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631212027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631212027
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,309,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The editor of this volume, G.R. Evans, is a lecturer in history at Cambridge, and author of a number of texts that deal with issues and topics of the same period, as well as other historical periods. For the most part, however, Evans lets the articles from scholars speak for themselves. Her role, apart from the worthwhile introduction, was to select from among the best scholars in Britain, North American and Europe to produce a companion volume to Blackwell's `Modern Theologians'. (Alas, other volumes, such as Ancient Theologians, Reformation and post-Reformation Theologians have not yet been done.)
The book is divided primarily into five sections, the first being `The End of the Ancient World', which begins rather naturally with Augustine. Augustine occupies a unique place in being the last great classical and first great medieval writer. Boethius and other theologians, described as postpatristic, round out this section with articles by John Rist, Charles Kannengiesser, and Andrew Louth.
The second section deals with the Carolingians, and highlights the work of the Venerable Bede. Benedicta Ward writes on Bede, and Willemien Otten looks at other Carolingians such as Alcuin, Theodulf and Eriugena. While much of the patristic period was taken up by classifying and clarifying doctrine and defending against heresy, the Carolingians also dealt with potential heresies, and set the stage for some controversies that remained undercurrents until coming to the forefront in the Reformation.
The third section looks at the Medieval `Renaissance', which included persons such as Anselm, Abelard, Bernard and the monastic movement, and Peter Lombard. Scholars Lauge Nielsen, Emero Stiegman, Jenny Swanson and Marcia Colish provide articles, as does the editor Evans herself.
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This book is a treasure. The book chapters introduce many of the leading lights of the middle ages, as well as some who are less well known. The chapters are written by leading experts, and are accurate and insightful. Marcia Colish provides, for example, in her chapter on Peter Lombard, the best compact summary of the Sentences available in the English language. Other chapters I particularly liked included Jonathan Rist's on St. Augustine, Jenny Swanson on the Glossa Ordinaria, and Willimien Otten's survey of Carolingian theology. Great resource!
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