Academic journal article Theological Studies

A Companion to Bonaventure

Academic journal article Theological Studies

A Companion to Bonaventure

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A Companion to Bonaventure. Edited by Jay M. Hammond, J. A. Wayne Hellmann, and Jared Goff. Brill's Companion to the Christian Tradition. Boston: Brill, 2014. Pp. x + 588. $254.

As the editors remind the reader in the introduction, this collection of essays is the first such volume on Bonaventure's thought published in the 21st century (2). The last project of comparable scope and intent was published in 1974 on the seventh centenary of Bonaventure's death. Building on the internationally representative, foundational, and still-relevant scholarship of that previous collection of essays, this new volume presents subsequent developments, advances the field, and lives up to the tradition of excellent Bonaventurean research.

Organized under three headings--"Foundations," "Theology," and "Spirituality and Practice"--the essays are authored by both established and newer scholars, all of whom make substantive contributions to discrete aspects of Bonaventure's thought and legacy. Take, for example, Marianne Schlosser's otherwise straightforward biographical essay entitled "Bonaventure: Life and Works" (9-60): it is not simply a recapitulation of known historical data but rather a presentation reflecting decades of the best work in Franciscan history, historiography, theology, and paleography. …

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