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Author Smith, Randall B. (Randall Brian), author.

Title Reading the sermons of Thomas Aquinas : a beginner's guide / Randall B. Smith.

Published Steubenville, Ohio : Emmaus Academic, 2016.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xxxiv, 342 pages.)
polychrome rdacc
Series Renewal within tradition.
Renewal within tradition.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Chapter 1 Ecce Rex Tuus: Introducing Thomas's Sermon Style 1 -- On the Oddity of Thomas's Sermon Style: Is He Guilty of Reading Meanings into the Text? 2 -- Reading the Opening Biblical Verse of the Sermon as a Verbal Mnemonic 4 -- On Memory and Recollection 11 -- On The Importance of Memory in Medieval Culture 16 -- Theological Justification for this Textual Practice: Thomas's Christocentric Understanding of the Biblical Texts 19 -- Identity of the King Who Will Come in Zrchariah 9 20 -- David as a Prefiguration of Christ and, By Extension, Christian Saints 24 -- "Mixing Memory and Desire": A New Pattern for Preaching 28 -- Chapter 2 Thomas Aquinas and the Sermo Modernus 31 -- Thirteenth Century "Homiletic Revolution" and the Sermo Modernus 31 -- Basic Characteristics of the Sermo Modernus: The Thema 34 -- Prothema 36 -- Basic Structure of the: Sermo Modernus 42 -- Developing the Sermon: Divisio and Dilatatio 43 -- Chapter 3 Divisio: Approaches to Dividing The Opening Thema 49 -- Identifying Words that Fit the Occasion 50 -- Moving From the Order of the Words in the Thema to the Order of the Topics in the Sermon 52 -- Thomas's Use of the Three Modes of Divisio 55 -- Divisio: The Art of Relating the Parts and the Whole 59 -- "Declaration of the Parts" 63 -- Using the Properties of Nouns: Thomas's Profound Reflections on the Birth of the Virgin and the Exaltation of the Cross 70 -- Two Ways of Dividing the Same Thema Verse: Thomas and Bonaventure 89 -- On the Various Ways of Employing the Word "Blessed" in a Declaration of Parts 95 -- From Divisio to Dilatatio 105 -- Chapter 4 Dilatatio: Methods of "Unfolding" a Sermon 113 -- Method 1 Proposing a Discussion Based on a Noun as it Occurs in Definitions or Classifications 115 -- Method 2 Creating Subdivisions 122 -- Method 3 Argumentation 129 -- Method 4 Concordance: of Texts or the "Chaining" of Authorities 131 -- Method 5 Setting up a Series: Good, Better, Best 141 -- Method 6 Use of Metaphors 144 -- Method 7 A Fourfold Exposition According to the Historical, Allegorical, Moral, and/or Analogical Senses of Scripture 148 -- Method 8 Consideration of Causes and Their Effects 170 -- Special Case of Exempla: Conspicuous By Their Absence 174 -- A New Rhetoric of Preaching 179 -- Chapter 5 Evaluating the Sermo Modernus Style 181 -- Sermo Modernus: Decadent, Pedantic, Mechanical, Ugly, and a Misuse of the Bible? 181 -- Engaging "With a Fair-Minded Critique: The Enduring Value of Smyth's the Art of Preaching 182 -- Value of Structure 183 -- A Method of Inventio Directed to the Ends of Preaching the Bible 185 -- Stultifying Rules? 186 -- Firmly Anchored in the Bible and Directed Toward Remembering the Biblical Text 187 -- Medieval Sermons: A "Superficial and Purely Formal" Use of the Bible? 191 -- Merely Proof-Texting? 192 -- A Syllogistic Exercise? 194 -- Is Divine Truth Buried Beneath Logical Minutiae in Thomas's Sermons? 199 -- Using Arguments in Preaching 202 -- Using Philosophical Categories in Preaching or Being Dominated By Them? 207 -- What Purposes Should a Good Sermon Serve? 208 -- Considering Preaching In Its Historical and Pastoral Context 210 -- Chapter 6 Summary and Conclusions 215 -- Question of What "Biblical" Preaching Looks Like in Various Historical Periods 215 -- Defending Thomas, Rut Only to Encourage Reading Him 218 -- Remembering the Sermons 219 -- Preached Words, Biblical Words, and the Word Made Flesh 219 -- Parts of the Sermon: Divisio and Dilatatio 222 -- Arts of Grammar, Rhetoric, and Logic and a Poet's Appreciation for Words 223 -- A New "Christian" Rhetoric 225 -- An Evaluation of the Style: Smyth and Smith 227.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Ipswich, MA Available via World Wide Web.
Notes Description based on print version record.
Other author EBSCOhost.
Subject Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274. Sermons.
Local series EBSCO ebooks
ISBN 9781945125102 (electronic bk.)
1945125101 (electronic bk.)