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Teaching BodiesMoral Formation in the Summa of Thomas Aquinas$
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Mark D. Jordan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823273782

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823273782.001.0001

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Seeing Gospel Stories

Seeing Gospel Stories

(p.32) Chapter 2 Seeing Gospel Stories
Teaching Bodies

Mark D. Jordan

Fordham University Press

The only extended narrative in Thomas Aquinas’s Summa theologiae comes in Part 3 when he combines the Gospel narratives about the life of Jesus. He tests all the main features or episodes of the story to see what they show about God’s manifestation humankind. So, for example, he analyzes Gabriel’s annunciation to the Virgin Mary as a specimen of Ciceronian rhetoric. He stresses the play of showing and hiddenness in Christ’s transfiguration. He justifies the severity of Christ’s passion as teaching for hardened human hearts.

Keywords:   annunciation, Christ’s passion, manifestation, Summa theologiae, Thomas Aquinas, transfiguration

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