Franciscan Studies and Faith Formation

Franciscan Studies and Faith Formation

Studies in Early Franciscan Sources, Three Volume Set

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Studies in Early Franciscan Sources
These three books contain valuable insight into the Early Documents of Francis and Clare. The authors, scholars interested in and committed to the Franciscan tradition, have brought contemporary research together, applied it to each of the specific texts and offered their own perspectives.

First, the essays define the status questionis by informing the reader about the state of current research on each of the texts considered.

Second, the essays are intended to introduce the reader to these texts within the dimensions of their multi-layered contextual-historical framework. The hope of those involved in producing these studies is to help others learn how to read, interpret and apply these newly translated texts to enrich the historical understanding, theological vision and practical living out of the Gospel message.

The Writings of Francis of Assisi: Letters and Prayers
Letters and Prayers features the scholarly work of Luigi Pellegrini, Jean- François Godet-Calogeras, Michael W. Blastic, Michael F. Cusato, Jay M. Hammond PhD, and Laurent Gallant.
2011: 336 p. Pb 978-1-57659-230-4 $29.95

The Writings of Francis of Assisi: Rules, Testament and Admonitions
Rules, Testament and Admonitions contains essays by William J. Short, Michael W. Blastic, Jay M. Hammond, PhD and JA Wayne Hellmann.
2011: 336 p. Pb 978-1-57659-232-8 $29.95

The Writings of Clare of Assisi: Letters, Form of Life, Testament and Blessing
The Writings of Clare of Assisi presents the latest scholarship by Ingrid Peterson, Lezlie Knox, Michael W.
Blastic and Jean-François Godet-Calogeras.
2011: 144 p. Pb 978-1-57659-233-5 $19.95


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30 Days with Bonaventure’s Commentary on the Gospel of Luke

Edited by Robert J. Karris
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Release Date: August 2012
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Bonaventure has many insights to share not only with members of the Franciscan Family, but also with the church at large. From his work on translating and annotating St. Bonaventure’s three-volume Commentary on Luke’s Gospel, noted Scripture scholar Robert Karris has developed this book of reflections for thirty days. Playfully referring to them as “BonaLuke bites,” Karris gives preferential treatment to those passages used in the Sunday lectionary
during Cycle C.

A user-friendly format begins with the passages from Luke’s Gospel followed
by Bonaventure’s commentary on one or two verses under consideration.
Karris’s reflection follows that of Bonaventure and concludes with a prayer.
Some readers may reverse the process as they are meant as springboards for
the readers’ own reflections and prayer.

Today Lukan scholars acknowledge many “Franciscan” themes in Luke’s Gospel. Members of the Franciscan Family will enjoy reacquainting themselves with the charism through the lens of Luke’s Gospel. Perhaps preachers will find that old interpretations are new again and can sparkle because Bonaventure has singled out the very best from tradition to challenge our normal way of interpreting passages familiar through years of liturgical use.

"All those who pray with scripture or who offer Sunday homilies on the readings from Luke's gospel will welcome the latest offering from Robert Karris, OFM. The fruit of many scholarly years with this gospel and Bonaventure's commentary on it, his book ties together "the best of both worlds." The structure of the offerings should prove insightful for those engaged in lectio divina, especially Franciscans, as they attempt to hear the gospel's message for their own lives. I look forward to chewing on BonaLuke Bites."

- Marion C. Moeser, OSF, Associate Professor, Christ the King Seminary

"Fr. Robert Karris offers the reader a triple treat in his Thirty Days with St. Bonaventure’s Commentary on Luke. First, we get his wonderful translation of Bonaventure’s commentary in which Bonaventure’s inspired interpretations are presented with deft skill and amazingly contemporary insights. Second, he offers his own penetrating perspective on both Bonaventure and Luke. And third, he leads the reader from reflection to prayer at the conclusion of each passage.

I have long been a fan of Fr. Karris’s Lukan studies because he is able to make Luke come powerfully alive, not only in my mind but in my heart also. But this book not only enlivens the gospel of Luke, it offers Bonaventure as the guide to new Lukan insights. If anyone needs their interest in the gospel of Luke refreshed or their views of a great medieval mind shaken clean of dust, this book will do it … and in surprising and deeply fulfilling ways."

- Fr. William L. Burton, O.F.M., S.S.L., S.T.D., Assistant Professor, St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary

"In this delightful book, Karris skillfully selects bite-sized bits of his massive work on St. Bonaventure s Commentary on St. Luke, then, with his own reflections, situates the morsels within the larger meal of the Gospel and the work of the Seraphic Doctor. The concluding prayer serves as dessert, leaving the reader both satisfied and wanting more. Not only Franciscans will find rich fare within."

- Barbara E. Reid, O.P., Catholic Theological Union, Chicago

ISBN 1-57659-354-1
EAN 978-1-57659-345-5
100 Pages
Tradepaper
2012


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Anthony of Padua, Sermones for the Easter Cycle

edited by George Marcil, OFM

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English translation of Anthony’s Easter sermons, this book offers a factual biography of Anthony and valuable information on the nature of preaching in the thirteenth century.

ISBN 1-57659-041-0
EAN 978-1-57659-041-6
230 pages
Tradepaper
1994

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Build with Living Stones

based upon the Comprehensive Course on the Franciscan Missionary Charism

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Based upon the internationally-recognized Comprehensive Course on the Franciscan Missionary Charism, the resource offers guidance for Franciscan reflection around the themes of life and work. Divided into 14 units, this program offers insight into contemporary issues such as the economy, the environment, peace-making, and what it means to live well in a pluralistic world. Using an adult-education model, each unit offers readings and suggested reflections usable in either group or individual settings or for college/university curricula, parish education, retreats or days of recollection, and/or orientation to Franciscan life and work.

ISBN 1-57659-134-4
EAN 978-1-57659-134-5
Binder
1987

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Clare and Francis: O Let the Faithful People Sing

by Robert Hutmacher, OFM
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A collection of early Franciscan melodies, chants, and music which has been translation and revised for use in contemporary settings.

ISBN 1-57659-071-2
EAN 978-1-57659-071-3
112 pages
Tradepaper
1993

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Francis, The Incomparable Saint

by Joseph Lortz

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Originally published in German, this study was immediately recognized as a major contribution to the world’s understanding of Francis. This translation explains the Spirit of St. Francis to the English-speaking world.

ISBN 1-57659-067-4
EAN 978-1-57659-067-6
128 pages
Tradepaper
1986

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Franciscan Solitude

edited by André Cirino, OFM, and Josef Raischl

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This collection of essays is the fruit of determined exploration into the profound importance of the eremitical tradition in Franciscan life. It offers food for thought with respect to meaningful paradigms for contemporary expressions of the hunger for solitude. This book contains important contextual and critical studies of Francis's "Rule for Hermitages." The concluding chapter is composed of reflections from contemporary Franciscans who have attempted to rediscover in very practical ways the role of solitude and the wisdom of Francis.

ISBN 1-57659-006-2
EAN 978-1-57659-006-5
370 pages
Tradepaper
1995


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Franciscans in Urban Ministry

edited by Roberta McElvie, OSF
 
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Assuming that the lives of Francis and his early followers remain a credible model for engaging in a process of urban evangelization, this text explores some salient features of the Franciscan story and considers contemporary challenges to life and ministry in the city. Contributors include Dominic Monti OFM, Patricia Keefe OSF, Joseph Chinnici OFM, and James A. Wallace, C.S.R.

ISBN 1-57659-182-4
EAN 978-1-57659-182-6
152 pages
Tradepaper
2002

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From Intuition to Institution: The Franciscans

by Theophile Desbonnets

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A religious order isn’t ever born completely organized in the spirit of its founder. It begins as an idea with imprecise limits, and unformulated intuition, recognized one day for what it is by the founder and his first disciples. Thus it was with the Franciscans. Through what collective effort did it shift from being Francis’s intuition to being the Order of Friars Minor? And what remains of the intuition at this point of the evolution? This is what From Intuition to Institution intends to tell.

1988: 166 p.
Hc 978-0-8199-0913-8
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Golden Words: The Sayings of Brother Giles of Assisi

by Nello Vian

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The name Giles is the common English form of the Latin Aegidius. During the Middle Ages there was widespread European devotion to a St. Giles who died in 712. Our Giles had two contemporary namesakes who were later beatified. But only Blessed Giles of Assisi has left such “wise saws and modern instances” as the Golden Sayings.

1990: 159 p.
Pb 978-0-8199-0040-1
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History of the Controversy Over the Debitum Peccati

by Juniper P. Carol, OFM
edited by George Marcil, OFM

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The effort to disassociate the Mother of Christ from the tragedy of Eden has root in the earliest tradition of Christianity. Yet the extent of that disassociation has caused much discussion among scholars. The theological debate was partially settled by the dogmatic pronouncement embodied in the Bull Ineffabilis Deus of 1854. Still some disputed aspects of the doctrine concerning Mary's Immaculate Conception were untouched by papal definition, thus leaving the matter open to further discussion by theologians. One of these disputed aspects concerns the so-called debitum peccati in Our Lady. The object of this work is to study the genesis of the spirited debate between deitists and anti-dietists regarding the Immaculate Conception.

ISBN 1-57659-026-7
EAN 978-1-57659-026-3
260 pages
Tradepaper
1978

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I Know Christ

translated by Paul J. Oligny, OFM

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Translation of Saint Francois d’Assise, sa peronnalite, sa spiritualite, by Gratien Badin, O.F.M., Cap. The title of the English translation of this book is taken from one of the sayings of Saint Francis of Assisi: I know Christ, poor and crucified.

ISBN 1-57659-094-1
EAN 978-1-57659-094-2
80 pages
Tradepaper
1988

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In Solitude and Dialogue: Contemporary Franciscans Theologize

edited by Anthony M. Carrozzo OFM
 
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Seven articles explore different aspects of the contemplative experience of contemporary Franciscan theology. The foundation for the essays is Francis’s Rule for Hermitages; the texts emerged from the desire of mature Franciscans to describe the call to pray in community and share their own intellectual journeys. Contributors include R. Duffy, OFM.; J. Mueller, OSF; J. Burkhard, OFM Conv.; and G. Ühlein, OSF.

ISBN 1-57659-167-0
EAN 978-1-57659-167-3
185 pages
Tradepaper
2000

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Islam and Franciscanism: A Dialogue

Spirit and Life Series
 
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Edited by Daniel Dwyer, OFM, and Hugh Hines, OFM. From the time of Francis’s meeting with the Sultan, a tradition of dialogue between the Moslem and Christian traditions, as epitomized in the Franciscan movement, has endured. This volume offers a set of essays that deal with the relationship between Islam and Franciscanism as experienced in the past and as it is presently being addressed.

ISBN 1-57659-169-7
EAN 978-1-57659-169-7
148 pages
Tradepaper
2000

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My Heart's Quest: Writings of Eric Doyle, Friar Minor and Theologian

Eric Doyle, OFM
edited by André Cirino, OFM, and Josef Raischl

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Eric Doyle was a man of vision. It was a vision of Christ seen through the eyes of St. Francis of Assisi, which vision brought a unity and a dignity to all creation, as well as a fraternal connection with Christ, the first brother of all. This same vision led Eric to his fascination with Teilhard de Chardin on the one hand and his interest for “mother earth” and ecology on the other. Eric alerted us to the wealth of the spiritual life, prayer, devotion, philosophy and theology that saturate our Franciscan heritage. He sought for answers to contemporary issues in ecology, liberation theology, ecumenism and the place of women in the Church. This volume of more than 600 pages includes articles on Franciscan Spirituality; St. Bonaventure’s and Bl. John Duns Scotus’s theology; Teilhard de Chardin; and various theological and spiritual themes, such as the theology of religious life or the future of the papacy. Throughout the text, the editors wove biographical notes, photos and memories of people who knew Eric. Two of Eric’s recorded talks accompany the text on separate CDs. A complete bibliography closes the collection.


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Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order: Origins, Development, Interpretation

by Robert M. Stewart

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The Secular Franciscan ORder received a new rule in 1978 from Pope Paul VI which was intended to give a new impetus to the Order so that it might flourish vigorously. This book examines the impact of that new rule while looking at the Franciscan lay movement from its origin, earlies expression and later transformation.
1991: 462 p.
Pb 978-1-57659-238-0
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Soul In Ascent, The

by Timothy Johnson
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Release Date: January 2013 – Now Available!

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First published by Franciscan Press in 2000, Dr. Timothy J Johnson’s The Soul in Ascent: Bonaventure on Poverty, Prayer and Union with God has offered a thorough textual study of the importance of prayer in Bonaventure’s theology and life. This new edition is updated to include Johnson’s most recent work on Bonaventure’s Sunday Sermons sourced from his work, The Sunday Sermons of St. Bonaventure – Bonaventure Texts in Translation Series. This new edition is a must-read book for anyone interested in Franciscan spirituality and theology.

Again, the scholarship of Timothy Johnson allows Bonaventure’s prayer and preaching to be powerfully alive in our own day. The first is the movement of the Spirit in the depths of heart and the second the proclamation of the Spirit in the life of the Church.
- J. A. Wayne Hellmann, OFM Conv., Saint Louis University

Tim Johnson’s study on prayer in Saint Bonaventure stands alone like a tall tree in the field of Franciscan studies. The Soul in Ascent gives readers the only thorough textual study introducing Bonaventure’s practice of prayer.
- Ingrid Peterson, OSF

If Francis discovered that prayer is an activity of the Spirit, Bonaventure was able to identify Francis’s unique charism of prayer: that of the poor. Johnson’s work is a wonderful tool that will be cherished by those eager to deepen the “Spirit of holy prayer.”
- Regis J. Armstrong, OFM Cap.

ISBN 1-57659-342-8
EAN 978-1-57659-342-4
240 Pages
2012
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St. Bonaventure's Commentary on John's Gospel: Thirty Days of Reflection and Prayer

by Robert J. Karris, O.F.M.
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From author Robert J. Karris, O.F.M.: It seems that a word of general orientation is in order for those coming to Bonaventure's Commentary on the Gospel of John for the first time. Bonaventure's style of commentary consists of a detailed outline of the text, running commentary on the individual verses, and answers to questions that arise from the text. In my selection of the Johannine passages for thirty days, I have given preferential treatment to those passages used in the liturgy during Cycle B and for Christmas, Sundays in Lent, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Sundays after Easter.

Perhaps preachers may want to share with their congregations interpretations that are so old that they are new, that sparkle because Bonaventure has singled out the very best from tradition, and that challenge our hackneyed ways of interpreting a favorite passage such as Jesus healing of a man who had been disabled for thirty-eight years (John 5).

Each day is arranged in the following manner. At the beginning I tell readers what passage from John's Gospel to read and meditate upon. Then I provide Bonaventure's commentary on one or two verses of the passage under consideration. My Reflection follows Bonaventure's interpretation. In the Reflection I relate Bonaventure's commentary to the rest of the passage being interpreted, to contemporary exposition, and to themes in the rest of the Gospel. I conclude each day with a Prayer, which is meant to be a springboard for readers own prayers.

In the tradition of lectio divina, Bob Karris, O.F.M., offers us a way to prayerfully explore the Seraphic Doctor's Commentary on the Gospel of John. Karris has insightfully selected thirty gospel texts with Bonaventure's comments to help us deepen our Christian discipleship.This is Franciscan scholarship at its finest: to lead one to an encounter with the Living Lord! --Michael Perry, O.F.M., Vicar General, Order of Friars Minor, Rome

In Thirty Days author and reader undertake a month-long pilgrimage into wisdom. Here a master of scriptural theology unites the best in contemporary scholarship with the best in medieval Franciscan contemplation on the Word of God. Karris's usual combination of a pithy and illuminating style with a deep and enriching content invites us into a feast of learning. The result for both preacher and receiver: a spiritual experience of knowledge, meditation, prayer, and application to daily life.
--Joseph P. Chinnici, O.F.M., Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, California

For more than a decade, Robert J. Karris renowned Lucan scholar has applied his exegetical expertise to the recovery of St. Bonaventure s genius as medieval master of the sacred page. While certain works of Bonaventure are famous treatises on theological themes (e.g., The Itinerarium Mentis in Deum, The Breviloquium), his magisterial works of Scripture commentary have only recently started being available in English. Having completed the translation of Bonaventurean Commentaries on John and Luke, Fr. Karris now seeks to lead us into the mine of hidden gems of reflection. The work is itself a jewel. Short, pithy extracts of Bonaventure's writing, reflections that bridge the gap from medieval to post-modern minds, and short prayerful responses to round out a busy person's meditation on the Word. These are the clear, marvelously assembled contents of this small vade mecum. This good venture into the Seraphic Doctor's works honors the original author. If you love standing in the stream of Christian tradition experienced as ever ancient, ever new, you will love this book.
--Margaret Carney, O.S.F. , St. Bonaventure University


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St. Francis and the Song of Brotherhood and Sisterhood

By Eric Doyle, OFM
 
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In 1981 the author wrote: “The Canticle of Brother Sun is a charter of peace . . . the most basic meaning of peace is being at home with all creatures, loving all life, reverencing all matter. The Canticle has a message of peace for all nations. . . . ”. For those who find in St. Francis an inspiration, this book will provide practical starting points for the application of the Franciscan way to everyday life.

ISBN 1-57659-003-8
EAN 978-1-57659-003-4
205 pages
Tradepaper
1996


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Studies Honoring Ignatius Brady, Friar Minor

edited by Romano Stephen Almagno and Conrad L. Harkins

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This collection of more than 20 essays that are considered to be the nearest the heart, thought, and science of Ignatius Charles Brady and are presented in honor of this 20th century giant of Medieval scholarship.

ISBN 1-57659-029-1
EAN 978-1-57659-029-4
496 pages
Hard Cover
1976

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The First-Gospel, Genesis 3:15

by Dominic J. Unger, OFM Cap
edited by Eligius Buytaert, OFM

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Exegetes as well as other theologians will like to learn how the First-Gospel was understood by the Fathers of the Church and the modern scholars, as well as in official documents. Throughout the centuries Genesis 3:15 played an all-important role in Mariology. In 1854 Pope Pius IX appealed to the traditional interpretation of Genesis 3:15 as a proof for the Virgin Mother's immunity from sin, even original sin. The Pope held that a sufficient number of the Fathers and of ecclesiastical writers held the Christological and Marian interpretation of the First-gospel to warrant him to use it as an argument from Scripture for the complete victory of Mary over Satan, for her absolute immunity from all sin. Catholics in general accepted the Pope's interpretation. Only non-Catholics complained about the Pope's use of Genesis 3:15. This book provides an in-depth examination of Genesis and its connection to Mary's Immaculate Conception within the context of a pre-Vatican II environment.

ISBN 1-57659-030-5
EAN 978-1-57659-030-0
362 Pages
Tradepaper
1954


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The Franciscan Moral Vision: Responding to God's Love

Edited by Tom Nairn

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In the last half century, contemporary Catholic moral theology has developed at a rapid pace. Franciscan scholars have played a major part in this renewal of contemporary moral theology. Yet, these moral insights from the Franciscan tradition have, to a great extent, been overlooked by the English speaking world since many of the
works have not been available in English. The authors of this volume of essays hope that this contribution on the Franciscan moral vision will help to broaden the conversation regarding moral theology and continue the work already accomplished by the many authors working in non-English languages. Scholar contributors to this volume of essays include Joseph Chinnici, Kenan Osborne, Thomas Shannon, Thomas Nairn and Mary Beth Ingham.

2013: 326 pages

Pb 978-1-57659-208-3


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The Sacrament of Confirmation in the Early-Middle Scholastic Period

by Kilian F. Lynch, OFM, STD

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ISBN 1-57659-025-9
EAN 978-1-57659-025-6
256 Pages
Tradepaper
1957


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The Teacher of His Heart

by Norbert Nguyen-Van Khanh, OFM
 
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There was a passion, an intense energy of love that drove Francis to center his entire life in Christ. Christ was, indeed, the teacher of his heart. This book concentrates on the Christological dimension of Francis’s thought seen through the prism of his writings and against the background of the world in which he lived.

ISBN 1-57659-066-6
EAN 978-1-57659-066-9
253 pages
Tradepaper
1994

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Thomas Murner and the Eucharist

by J. M. Miskuly, OFM

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This examination of Thomas Murner's works produced between 1520 and 1529 aims at contributing to a better understanding and knowledge of a man who, without any significant following of his own, sought to stem the tide of a theological, social and political movement which would mark the end of European religious unity.

ISBN 1-57659-115-8
EAN 978-1-57659-115-4
200 Pages
Tradepaper
1990


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