Although Bonaventurian scholarship has seen a great expansion in the past forty years, there remains no English volume that provides a general yet detailed study of Bonaventure for scholars. The Companion to Bonaventure provides an invaluable guide to understanding him. Together the essays deliver a critical overview of the current research, the major themes in Bonaventure’s life and writings, and how they are being reinterpreted at the start of the twenty-first century. As a great 13th century scholastic luminary, Bonaventure exists as a vital contributor to the early Franciscan movement that swept across the theological and spiritual landscape of the High Middle Ages. The paradoxical simplicity and complexity of Bonaventure’s synthesis has made, and will continue to provide, a profound contributions to Franciscan and Christian reflection. This Companion will help in understanding why this is the case.
Contributors include: Joshua Benson, Jacques Bougerol, Ilia Delio, Christopher Cullen, Jared Goff, Jay M. Hammond, Zachary Hayes, J. A. Wayne Hellmann, Kevin L. Hughes, Timothy J. Johnson, David Keck, Gregory LaNave, Pietro Maranesi, Dominic V. Monti, and Marianne Schlosser.
Jay M. Hammond, Ph.D. (1998) in Historical Theology, Saint Louis University, is an Associate Professor at Saint Louis University. He has published on early Franciscan sources, specifically Francis's writings, those of Bonaventure, and the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi.
J. A. Wayne Hellmann, Dr. (1973) in Theology, Ludwig Maximilians-Universität in München. He has published extensively on the early Franciscan Sources including Divine and Created Order in Bonaventure's Thought, the three volume, Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, and the three volume The Writings of Francis and Clare of Assisi.
Jared Goff, Ph.D. (2013) in Historical Theology, Saint Louis University, is an Assistant Professor at Mount Angel Seminary. He is working to publish his first book of Bonaventure's De Mysterio Trinitatis.
“This is an important resource for anyone interested in the thought, life and work of Bonaventure. It will be useful for scholars and students of theology at all levels. Every theological library should have it.”
Donald Schweitzer, St. Andrew’s College. In:
Religious Studies and Theology, Vol. 34, No. 1 (2015) pp. 140-141.
Companion … explores in a balanced way the multidimensionality of Bonaventure’s thought, it introduces the reader to the person and works of Bonaventure in light of the best and most current research, and it invites scholars to embark upon further study of Bonaventure’s thought.”
Severin V. Kitanov, Salem State University. In:
Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 46, No. 1 (2015), pp. 154-155.
“The volume is a welcome contribution to medieval studies and will be of great interest to both students and scholars of medieval theology.”
John T. Slotemaker, Fairfield University. In:
Religious Studies Review, Vol. 41, No. 2 (June 2015), p. 86.
Table of contents
Notes on Contributors
JAY HAMMOND & J.A. WAYNE HELLMANN
The Life and Works of Bonaventure
The Opera Omnia of Saint Bonaventure: History and Present Situation
Bonaventure’s Theological Method
Bonaventure’s Philosophical Method
Bonaventure as Exegete
Bonaventure’s Trinitarian Theology
The Christology of the Breviloquium
Bonaventure: On the Institution of Sacraments
J.A. WAYNE HELLMANN
SPIRITUALITY AND PRACTICE
Theology, Spirituality and Christ the Center: Bonaventure’s Synthesis
Bonaventure as Preacher
TIMOTHY J. JOHNSON
The Legenda Minor
TIMOTHY J. JOHNSON
Bonaventure’s Legenda Major
JAY M. HAMMOND
Bonaventure’s Defense of Mendicancy
KEVIN L. HUGHES
Bonaventure as Minister General
DOMINIC V. MONTI
Those interested in medieval thought, and/or Franciscan, and/or Christian theology, hagiography, spirituality, philosophy, and/or the life, works and thought of Bonaventure specifically.