Cajetan's Biblical Commentaries

Motive and Method

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Remembered as the official who failed to keep Luther in the Catholic fold, Tommaso de Vio, Cardinal Cajetan (1469-1534) was a multi-faceted figure whose significance extends beyond those days in Augsburg. In the 1520s, he embarked on a labour of biblical commentary that occupied the final decade of his life, producing over a million words of translation and commentary. Offering an overview of this remarkable body of work, Michael O’Connor argues that Cajetan’s motive was the renewal of Christian living (more ‘Catholic Reform’ than ‘Counter-Reformation’), and that his method was a bold and fresh hybrid of scholasticism and Renaissance humanism, correcting the Vulgate’s errors and expounding the text almost exclusively according to the literal sense.
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Biographical Note

Michael O’Connor, D.Phil. (Oxford), is a Senior Lecturer at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto.

Review Quotes

“This is a most welcome contribution to rediscover the forgotten world of Catholic Biblical and (Thomistic) humanism.”
Ulrich Lehner, Marquette University, The Regensburg Forum, July 2017.

Table of contents

Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Chronology of selected works

Introduction

PART I BIBLICAL REFORM FROM PRINCIPLE TO PROJECT
1 Friar, professor, papal courtier (1469–1512)
2 Prelate, diplomat, biblical scholar (1513–34)

PART II MOTIVE
3 The Bible and reform
4 Error, schism, and heresy

PART III METHOD
5 Correcting the Latin text
6 Cajetan’s literal sense: words, context, style
7 Cajetan’s literal sense: the harmony and sufficiency of scripture
8 ‘Applauded neither by heretics nor by Catholics’

Conclusion
Bibliography
Index of Bible references
Index

Readership

All interested in Renaissance humanism, theological debate, and scholasticism in the early modern period, and anyone concerned with the history of biblical exegesis in general.

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