The Twelve Patriarchs; The Mystical Ark; Book Three of the Trinity

The Twelve Patriarchs; The Mystical Ark; Book Three of the Trinity

The Twelve Patriarchs; The Mystical Ark; Book Three of the Trinity

The Twelve Patriarchs; The Mystical Ark; Book Three of the Trinity

Synopsis

Here are the writings of the man who was the great link between the early Christian mystics and the mystical awakening in medieval Europe. Richard (?-1173) was born in Scotland and joined the Abbey of St. Victor in Paris, where he became Superior and Prior.

Excerpt

Jean Châtillon, who has devoted a lifetime of study to the Abbey of St. Victor and some of its leading figures, was born in Épinal, in northeastern France, in 1912. Educated in the schools of Metz and Arcachon, he later studied in Toulouse at the Institut Catholique, in Rome at the Angelicum University, and at the Universities of Nancy and Paris. He holds the degrees of Licencié en philosophie, Docteur en théologie and Docteur ès lettres. He was ordained a priest in 1935 and was later professor in the seminary of Metz. Since 1950 he has been a member of the faculty of the Institut Catholique in Paris, where he is professor of the history of medieval philosophy. in 1961 he was Dean and is now Honorary Dean of the faculty of philosophy. Professor Châtillon began a definitive reassessment of the spirituality of Richard of St. Victor with the publication of studies considering Richard's understanding of the modes of contemplation and the degrees of charity. He has published critical Latin editions of the sermons of Achard and Walter of St. Victor, and also the Liber exceptionum and L'édit d' Alexandre ou les trois processions by Richard of St. Victor. in addition to numerous articles in such journals as Revue d'ascétique et de mystique, Revue du moyen âge latin, and Archives d'bistoire littéraire et doctrinale du moyen âge, he has published a major study Théologie, spiritualité et métaphysique dans l'oeuvre oratoire d'Achard de Saint-Victor (Études de Philosophie Medievale, 58; Paris, 1969). Recently he has been a participant in a number of international conferences, including those on Bonaventure, Peter Abelard and Peter the Venerable, and Thomas Becket, as well as other colloquia and the summer sessions at the C.E.S.C.M. of the University of Poitiers. Chevalier de l'ordre national du Merite and honorary canon of Metz, Professor Châtillon resides in Paris.

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