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Scripture and Metaphysics: Aquinas and the Renewal of Trinitarian Theology

Scripture and Metaphysics: Aquinas and the Renewal of Trinitarian Theology

Matthew Levering

ISBN: 978-0-470-77391-8

Feb 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

264 pages

Description

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.

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Setting the Scene: Theological Ends 12

Chapter 1 Sacra Doctrina: Wisdom, Scripture, and Metaphysics 23

1 Wisdom 28

2 Theologizing as a Wisdom-Exercise 34

3 Isaiah and St. John the Evangelist as Contemplatives 39

Chapter 2 YHWH and Being 47

1 R. Kendall Soulen's Post-Supersessionist Trinitarian Theology 53

2 Aquinas on Being and YHWH 57

Chapter 3 Scripture and Metaphysics in the Theology of God's Knowledge and Will 75

1 Jon D. Levenson on the God of Israel 77

2 St. Thomas Aquinas on the Knowledge and Will of God in His Unity 83

Chapter 4 The Paschal Mystery and Sapiential Theology of the Trinity 110

1 N. T. Wright and Richard Bauckham on Jesus and the Identity of God 112

2 Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Cross as Analog for the Trinity 120

3 The Paschal Mystery as Revelatory of the Trinity in Aquinas 132

Chapter 5 Scripture and the Psychological Analogy for the Trinity 144

1 Aquinas and the Psychological Analogy 149

Chapter 6 Biblical Exegesis and Sapiential Naming of the Divine Persons 165

1 The Person of the Father 169

2 The Person of the Son 179

3 The Person of the Holy Spirit 185

Chapter 7 Essence, Persons, and the Question of Trinitarian Metaphysics 197

1 Trinitarian Ontology in Clarke, Zizioulas, and Hütter 202

2 Trinitarian Ontology and Aquinas's Approach 213

Conclusion 236

Index 242

“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


  • 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.