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Aquinas at Prayer draws attention to important aspects of Aquinas's life and work which have been all too often overlooked or forgotten. Today Aquinas is almost exclusively regarded as an outstanding scholastic philosopher and theologian. But what is little known is that Aquinas was, first and last, a teacher of the Bible - a Master of the Sacred Page. Moreover there is a Aquinas at Prayer draws attention to important aspects of Aquinas's life and work which have been all too often overlooked or forgotten. Today Aquinas is almost exclusively regarded as an outstanding scholastic philosopher and theologian. But what is little known is that Aquinas was, first and last, a teacher of the Bible - a Master of the Sacred Page. Moreover there is a distinctly mystical character to his theology. And, as a writer, he was not only a poet but, arguably, the greatest Latin poet of the Middle Ages. The primary focus of this most engaging new book is to explore the question of Aquinas's own practice of prayer and his teaching on prayer in his commentaries on the Psalms and St Paul. The book is strengthened by quotations from Aquinas in fresh translations.


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Aquinas at Prayer draws attention to important aspects of Aquinas's life and work which have been all too often overlooked or forgotten. Today Aquinas is almost exclusively regarded as an outstanding scholastic philosopher and theologian. But what is little known is that Aquinas was, first and last, a teacher of the Bible - a Master of the Sacred Page. Moreover there is a Aquinas at Prayer draws attention to important aspects of Aquinas's life and work which have been all too often overlooked or forgotten. Today Aquinas is almost exclusively regarded as an outstanding scholastic philosopher and theologian. But what is little known is that Aquinas was, first and last, a teacher of the Bible - a Master of the Sacred Page. Moreover there is a distinctly mystical character to his theology. And, as a writer, he was not only a poet but, arguably, the greatest Latin poet of the Middle Ages. The primary focus of this most engaging new book is to explore the question of Aquinas's own practice of prayer and his teaching on prayer in his commentaries on the Psalms and St Paul. The book is strengthened by quotations from Aquinas in fresh translations.

30 review for Aquinas at Prayer: The Bible, Mysticism and Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gregory Graham

    This book shows a different side of St. Thomas Aquinas. His keen intellect eclipses his passionate love for God in the perception of most people, but this book shows us that he was a humble mystic as well as a great scholar. Evidence is given through prayers he has written, his scripture commentaries, and his poetry. I've loved St. Thomas since I read Chesterton's book on him, but this book has made me appreciate him all the more. This book shows a different side of St. Thomas Aquinas. His keen intellect eclipses his passionate love for God in the perception of most people, but this book shows us that he was a humble mystic as well as a great scholar. Evidence is given through prayers he has written, his scripture commentaries, and his poetry. I've loved St. Thomas since I read Chesterton's book on him, but this book has made me appreciate him all the more.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    It's incredibly refreshing to learn that one of the most respected Christian intellectuals isn't simply a dry egghead but a man of deep piety and considerable poetic skill. A good chunk of the book is about arguing for Thomistic authorship of a number of beautiful prayers. But you can skip that and jump straight into the prayers themselves and the author's commentary. (Provided you didn't get the audio version like I did. I'm now going to buy the print copy and memorize these prayers). It's incredibly refreshing to learn that one of the most respected Christian intellectuals isn't simply a dry egghead but a man of deep piety and considerable poetic skill. A good chunk of the book is about arguing for Thomistic authorship of a number of beautiful prayers. But you can skip that and jump straight into the prayers themselves and the author's commentary. (Provided you didn't get the audio version like I did. I'm now going to buy the print copy and memorize these prayers).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Argene Clasara

    Treats Aquinas not only as a man of study but as a man of prayer who has a child-like faith. His profound theological works are truly not the fruits of his study but the fruits of his contemplation of the Word and his profound love for the Eucharist. Paul Murray portrays the poetic prowess of Aquinas which are evident in his prayers, hymn compositions, and the Mass of Corpus Christi.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Yeah, so this started out as my book to read during Advent and wound up turning into the book I read through Advent and the Christmas season. I few things bugged. Near the beginning of the book, Murray goes at great length to argue against another scholar and her view that Aquinas did not write a certain prayer. It ended with the point that there has since been more historical evidence that said scholar would not have had access to. Seriously? The book is meaty, and probably not written for me! I Yeah, so this started out as my book to read during Advent and wound up turning into the book I read through Advent and the Christmas season. I few things bugged. Near the beginning of the book, Murray goes at great length to argue against another scholar and her view that Aquinas did not write a certain prayer. It ended with the point that there has since been more historical evidence that said scholar would not have had access to. Seriously? The book is meaty, and probably not written for me! I am just an Aquinas junky and by no means a scholar. Points I loved. St. Thomas Aquinas as Mystic. Swoon! And of course, the treatment of his prayers/music/poetry at the end. Not a book to plow through. One to savor.

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