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Franciscans and Preaching: Every Miracle from the Beginning of the World Came about through Words

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Francis of Assisi, whose Gospel performance captured the imagination of his day, fostered a movement of men and women who were fascinated by the transformative power of the embodied Word. Learned or unlettered, theologian or penitent, their shared conviction took form in various gestures, languages, and literary genres. For their part, medieval artisans and craftsmen reflected this Franciscan predilection to preach in architecture, frescoes, and reliquaries. In Franciscans and Preaching, scholars from Europe and ...

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Francis of Assisi, whose Gospel performance captured the imagination of his day, fostered a movement of men and women who were fascinated by the transformative power of the embodied Word. Learned or unlettered, theologian or penitent, their shared conviction took form in various gestures, languages, and literary genres. For their part, medieval artisans and craftsmen reflected this Franciscan predilection to preach in architecture, frescoes, and reliquaries. In Franciscans and Preaching, scholars from Europe and North Amercia offer the first extensive English language study of medieval Franciscan preaching.
Contributors are C. Colt Anderson, Joshua C. Benson, Michael W. Blastic, Jay M. Hammond, J.A. Wayne Hellmann, Timothy J. Johnson, Beverly M. Kienzle, Francesco Lucchini, Steven J. McMichael, Alison More, Stephen Mossman, Patrick Nold, Darleen Pryds, Amanda Quantz, Bert Roest, Michael Robson, Francisco Javier Rojo Alique, and Nicholas W. Youmans.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004231290
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/21/2012
  • Series: The Medieval Franciscans , #7
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy J. Johnson holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University (1990) and is Professor of Religion at Flagler College, in St. Augustine, Florida. He has published widely on Franciscan theology and spirituality, including Bonaventure's Sunday Sermons (Franciscan Institute, 2008).
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Table of Contents

Editorial Note …ix
Foreword
Beverly M. Kienzle …xi
Introduction: The Franciscan Fascination with the Word
Timothy J. Johnson …1

SECTION ONE: GOSPEL LIFE AND PREACHING
Preaching in the Early Franciscan Movement
Michael W. Blastic …15
Franciscan Lay Women and the Charism to Preach
Darleen Pryds …41
A Theology of Preaching – A Theology of Transformation The Life of St. Francis by Thomas of Celano
J. A. Wayne Hellmann …59

SECTION TWO: THE ACADEMY AND PREACHING
Franciscan Bodies and Souls: Bonaventure and Bacon on Scripture, Preaching, and the Cura Corporis / Cura Animae
Timothy J. Johnson …73
Polemical Preaching at the University of Paris: Bonaventure’s Use of Paul as a Forerunner of Francis
C. Colt Anderson …91
Haec Visio Rapit: Mystic Love and the Erotic in Bonaventure’s Sunday Sermons
Nicholas W. Youmans …115
Matthew of Aquasparta’s Sermons on Theology
Joshua C. Benson… 145
Poverty, History, and Liturgy in a Sermon Work of Bertrand de la Tour
Patrick Nold… 175

SECTION THREE: PERCEPTIONS OF HOLINESS IN PREACHING
Gracious Women Seeking Glory: Clare of Assisi and Elisabeth of Hungary in Franciscan Sermons
Alison More …209
Preaching on St. Francis in Medieval Germany
Stephen Mossman …231
Sermons Preached to the Friars Minor in the Thirteenth Century
Michael Robson …273

SECTION FOUR: MEDIEVAL SOCIETY AND PREACHING
Focus on the Family: Bernardino da Siena on the Common Good and the Nefarious Other
Amanda D. Quantz …299
Roberto Caracciolo da Lecce and His Sermons on Muhammad and the Muslims (C. 1480)
Steven J. McMichael …327
Fifteenth-Century Franciscan Preachers in Castile: The Example of Valladolid
Francisco Javier Rojo-Alique… 353

SECTION FIVE: THE ART AND CRAFT OF PREACHING
“Ne Effluat in Multiloquium Et Habeatur Honerosus”: The Art of Preaching in the Franciscan Tradition
Bert Roest …383
Preaching by Image: The Counter Façade of the Basilica of St. Francis
Jay M. Hammond …413
The Making of a Legend: The Reliquary of the Tongue and the Representation of St. Anthony of Padua as a Preacher
Francesco Lucchini …451

Contributors …485
Illustration Section …491
Index of People and Places …519
Index of Texts and Themes …523

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