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Lombardus, Petrus. Petri Lombardi episcopi Parisiensis Sententiarum libri IIII. Quibus autor ille in diuinis scripturis exercitatissimus, uniuersae Theologiae summam ex orthodoxorum Patrum decretis atque sententiis, mirabili compendio et arte complexus est; vt iure optimo magister sententiarum dici meruerit. Doctorum aliquot virorum opera pristino nitori suo nunc primum vere restituti. Quarta editio, in qua quid praestitum sit luculenter docet praefatio. Venice: Heirs of Sessa, 1570. [at colophon:] Venetiis: apud Bartholomaeum Rubinum, 1570.

8vo (145x98 mm), contemporary limp vellum, ff. [24], 457,[39].

Uncommon edition of Petrus Lombardus' theological and philosophical tract, a systematic summa of the theological questions of the time: the Sententiae became probably the most influential compendium read and discussed throughout the late Middle Ages.

Peter Lombard, Peter the Lombard or Petrus Lombardus, (c. 1096-1164) was a scholastic theologian, Bishop of Paris, and author of Four Books of Sentences, which became the standard textbook of theology, for which he earned the accolade Magister Sententiarum.

Peter Lombard wrote commentaries on the Psalms and the Pauline epistles; however, his most famous work by far was Libri Quatuor Sententiarum, or the Four Books of Sentences, which became the standard textbook of theology at the medieval universities. From the 1220s until the 16th century, no work of Christian literature, except for the Bible itself, was commented upon more frequently. All the major medieval thinkers, from Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas to William of Ockham and Gabriel Biel, were influenced by it. Even the young Martin Luther still wrote glosses on the Sentences, and John Calvin quoted from it over 100 times in his Institutes.

References: CNCE, 30206. OCLC 797567289.


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[Theology, Middle Age] Lombardus, Sententiae, 1570

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