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Light and Glory

The Transfiguration of Christ in Early Franciscan and Dominican Theology

Aaron Canty

Publication Year: 2011

Light and Glory offers an engaging comparison of the teachings of seven thirteenth-century theologians -- three Franciscans and four Dominicans -- on the subject of the transfiguration of Christ.

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

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Title Page

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pp. ix

Many people are responsible for making this volume possible. Joseph Wawrykow encouraged me to explore the topic of Christ’s transfiguration in scholastic theology, and he has been a constant source of support throughout my writing and research. I am grateful for...


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pp. xi

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pp. 1-5

The Christian tradition, from a very early period, recognized in the transfiguration of Jesus an event of inexhaustible doctrinal and spiritual richness. The Fathers of the Church examined the scriptural passages that describe the event from a number of vantage points...

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1. Christ's Transfiguration: The Early Church to the High Middle Ages

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pp. 6-20

This chapter will trace the development of the Church’s understanding of Christ’s transfiguration in the period that extends from the New Testament to the High Middle Ages. It will examine the transfiguration narratives in the synoptic gospels and in...

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2. Hugh of St. Cher

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pp. 21-51

There is little information about the life of Hugh of St. Cher before he became a Dominican in 1225 or 1226. At the time he entered the Dominican Order, he was a bachelor of theology and probably also a doctor in canon law. Like his own theological mentor...

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3. Alexander of Hales

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pp. 52-74

Although Hugh’s postillae addressed a number of points pertaining to the exegesis of the transfiguration narratives and the spiritual implications of the transfiguration, little attention was given to how the transfiguration affected Jesus. Later commentaries by...

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4. Guerric of St. Quentin

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pp. 75-85

The first Dominican to take up Christ’s transfiguration in the form of a disputed question was Guerric of St. Quentin, who taught at the University of Paris from 1233 to 1242. Little is known about his life, but he left a number of exegetical and systematic works, most of...

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5. John of La Rochelle

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pp. 86-135

After Guerric’s question on the transfiguration, the next systematic reflection on the transfiguration is John of La Rochelle’s Quaestio de transfiguratione, a question that was inserted into the Summa fratris Alexandri by the original editors of that work, of whom...

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6. Albert the Great

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pp. 136-174

While Alexander of Hales, Hugh of St. Cher, Guerric of St. Quentin, and John of La Rochelle were teaching at the University of Paris, another friar was teaching as lector in Dominican schools in Cologne, Hildesheim, Freiburg, Regensburg, and Strassburg during...

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7. Bonaventure

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pp. 175-195

While Albert was finishing his advanced theological studies at the Dominican studium generale in the mid-1240s, Bonaventure of Bagnoregio was just beginning his study of theology in the Franciscan school. His first teachers were Alexander of Hales and John of...

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8. Thomas Aquinas

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pp. 196-244

Thomas Aquinas wrote about Christ’s transfiguration in a number of scholastic genres, including the Sentences commentary, biblical commentary, and summa. Interestingly, no extant sermon on the transfiguration remains. Given that Thomas’ discussions of the...

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pp. 245-251

This study set out to contribute to existing literature in the field of medieval Christology. This examination of the writings of seven mendicant authors attempted to show not only their teachings regarding Christ’s transfiguration, but also where those teachings...


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pp. 253-263

Index of Names

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pp. 265-266

E-ISBN-13: 9780813218984
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813217956

Page Count: 266
Publication Year: 2011

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Subject Headings

  • Jesus Christ -- Transfiguration -- History of doctrines -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
  • Franciscans -- Theology -- History -- To 1500.
  • Dominicans -- Theology -- History -- To 1500.
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