St. Bonaventure's Commentary on the Gospel of Luke, Chapters 9-16

St. Bonaventure's Commentary on the Gospel of Luke, Chapters 9-16

St. Bonaventure's Commentary on the Gospel of Luke, Chapters 9-16

St. Bonaventure's Commentary on the Gospel of Luke, Chapters 9-16

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In this Introduction I consider four topics. While the first three topics are relatively short, the fourth topic, Bonaventure’s anti-Judaism, merits an extensive treatment.

BONAVENTURE’S VERBAL PLAYFULNESS

As I work my way through Bonaventure’s commentary on Luke’s Gospel, I continue to be amazed at his verbal playfulness, especially in his introductions to new sections. At first I thought that his use of rhyme and alliteration was idiosyncratic. In researching Bonaventure’s sermons for what they have to contribute to an analysis of Bonaventure’s anti-Judaism, I have come across a possible source for Bonaventure’s agility with words – word lists for preachers. I give an example. Bonaventure introduces his commentary on Luke 10:20b–24 in this wise: “And indeed Christ does this by proposing a fourfold cause or reason for joy. For he shows that there will be joy for the disciples concerning God’s infallible pre-

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