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Scripture and Metaphysics: Aquinas and the Renewal of Trinitarian Theology

ISBN: 978-1-4051-1734-0
268 pages
May 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book makes a major contribution to contemporary theological and philosophical debates, bridging scriptural and metaphysical approaches to the triune God.

  • Bridges the gap between scriptural and metaphysical approaches to biblical narratives.
  • Retrieves Aquinas’s understanding of theology as contemplative wisdom.
  • Structured around Aquinas’s treatise on the triune God in his ‘Summa Theologiae’.
  • Argues that intellectual contemplation is part of a broader spiritual journey towards a better understanding of God.
  • Contributes to the current resurgence of Thomistic theology in both Protestant and Catholic circles.
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Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1 Setting the Scene: Theological Ends.

Chapter 1 Sacra Doctrina: Wisdom, Scripture, and Metaphysics.

1 Wisdom.

2 Theologizing as a Wisdom-Exercise.

3 Isaiah and St. John the Evangelist as Contemplatives.

Chapter 2 YHWH and Being.

1 R.Kendall Soulen’s Post-Supersessionist Trinitarian Theology.

2 Aquinas on Being and YHWH.

Chapter 3 Scripture and Metaphysics in the Theology of God’s Knowledge and Will.

1 Jon D. Levenson on the God of Israel.

2 St. Thomas Aquinas on the Knowledge and Will of God in His Unity.

Chapter 4 The Paschal Mystery and Speculative Theology of the Trinity.

1 N. T. Wright and Richard Bauckham on Jesus and the Identity of God.

2 Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Cross as Analogue for the Trinity.

3 The Paschal Mystery as Revelatory of the Trinity in Aquinas.

Chapter 5 Scripture and the Psychological Analogy for the Trinity.

1 Aquinas and the Psychological Analogy.

Chapter 6 Biblical Exegesis and Speculative Naming of the Divine Persons.

1 The Person of the Father: Witherington & Ice and Aquinas.

2 The Person of the Son.

3 The Person of the Holy Spirit.

Chapter 7 Essence, Persons, and the Question of Trinitarian Metaphysics.

1 Trinitarian Ontology in Clarke, Zizioulas, and Hütter.

2 Trinitarian Ontology and Aquinas’s Approach.

Conclusion.

Index

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Matthew Levering is Assistant Professor of Theology at Ave Maria College in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He is the author of Christ’s Fulfilment of Torah and Temple (2002), coauthor of Knowing the Love of Christ: An Introduction to the Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas (2002), and coeditor of Reading John with St. Thomas Aquinas (forthcoming). He is the coeditor of the English edition of Nova et Vetera, and serves on the editorial board of the Catholic University of America’s Thomas Aquinas in Translation series. He has most recently edited and introduced On the Priesthood: Classic and Contemporary Texts (2003).
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  • A major contribution to contemporary theological debate.
  • Bridges the gap between scriptural and metaphysical approaches to biblical narratives.
  • Retrieves Aquinas’s understanding of theology as contemplative wisdom.
  • Structured around Aquinas’s treatise on the triune God in his ‘Summa Theologiae’.
  • Argues that intellectual contemplation is part of a broader spiritual journey towards a better understanding of God.
  • Contributes to the current resurgence of Thomistic theology in both Protestant and Catholic circles.
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“Levering’s Introduction did not fail to stimulate my interest. Probably of greatest interest will be interactions with some of the renowned Jewish and Christian exegetes in the chapters to come.” (AMAIC Philosophy, 8 February 2013)

"… lucidly written, thoroughly documented, an astonishing achievement." Fergus Kerr OP, Blackfriars, Oxford

 

"A substantive contribution to Trinitarian theology, and an exemplification of how theology ought to be done." William T. Cavanaugh, University of St Thomas

 

"Matthew Levering is not content with merely explaining the genuine teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas but also makes him an active partner in today's theological debate. With both a critical mind and a deep sense of Christian tradition, Levering offers the most stimulating introduction to Aquinas's Trinitarian theology available today." Gilles Emery, OP, Professor of Dogmatic Theology, University of Fribourg

"...in eloquently and clearly setting Aquinas over against many of the most influential voices in theology today, and showing his relevance by liberating him from stereotypicals dismissals, Scripture and Metaphysics lays a path for further investigation that will be fruitful for those who follow it." Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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