- Hardcover: 152 pages
- Publisher: Liturgical Press; 2nd edition (1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0814658806
- ISBN-13: 978-0814658802
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Consecrated Phrases A Latin Theological Dictionary Hardcover – 1998
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Deus semper maior-"God is always greater" (than human attempts at understanding).
Lex valet ut in pluribus-"The law holds in most cases."
Summa Theologiae-"Sum of theology."
I also like the way that Bretzke provides a historical context to a number of the definitions. That is very helpful to those of us who are not Catholics.
As a reference, it has already been helpful, particularly in dispute with a "Church of God" associate regarding IHS vs. "in hoc signo vinces".
What was surprising about the book is its value as a "browse-through" volume. On the one hand, us post-Vatican II Catholics don't really have a good feel for the interests of the pre-Vatican II world. The staggering number of Latin phrases referencing sexual activity is a pretty strong indicator of the amount of time spent by theologians on this subject (although why theologians should be any different from the rest of the world is another question).
Simply paging through this book is to touch upon long-considered ideas. I believe we tend to ignore the aphorisms and phrases we hear every day, no matter what cleverness or wisdom may lie behind them. To browse through the aphorisms and phrases of a learned language is to put aside this disability and see old concepts in a new light.
The book not only includes the literal translation. But what that phrase meant in the Traditional Roman Catholic sacramental theology. I found these entries to be quite useful in helping understand the meaning and not just the words.
There are also various Protestant traditions included. If you are looking for a dictionary, this is not the book for you and not why it was written.
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I have found almost none of the Latin phrases I have looked for in this book. I wish I hadn't bought it.Published 18 months ago by Mary Wilbur
This is a great little book to access liturgical latin phrases encountered or just to impress your professor. Read morePublished on February 15, 2009 by W. Michie
Very nice! Easy to use. Definately a good resource to anyone in Lay Ministry.Published on November 19, 2008 by Faith