Academic journal article Theological Studies

Annotations and Meditations on the Gospels

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Annotations and Meditations on the Gospels

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Annotations and Meditations on the Gospels. By Jerome Nadal, S.J. Cumulative index by Joseph P. Lea, with a Study by Walter Melion. Philadelphia: St. Joseph's University, 2014. Pp. x+ 196. $39.95.

Nadal's well-known notations and meditations on the Gospel texts read at Mass were first published in the 1590s. In 2003-2007, St. Joseph's University Press published selections from them in English translation, in three volumes: Infancy narratives (I), Passion narratives (II), and Resurrection narratives (III). This volume now offers an index of the earlier volumes, as well as glossy, high-quality reproductions of many of the illustrations that accompanied Nadal's text, along with an essay by art historian Walter Melion.

The index is in fact four indices: persons, scriptural, subjects, and iconographical material. The longest and most interesting is the subjects index. The array of topics at least mentioned by Nadal is wide, and includes angels, anxiety, camels, compassion, desire, discernment, dogs, earthquakes, friendship, goats, hairshirts, kisses, Limbo, lunatics, mercy, milk, mortification, nakedness, pain, pilgrimage, prisons, sloth, snakes, tears, tyranny, wisdom, wrath, and zeal. The index of persons reveals that Nadal, though focused on the Gospels, often cited figures from the Hebrew Scriptures such as David, Job, or Moses; the scriptural index shows that the Psalms were the Old Testament texts he most often cited. …

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