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Petavius, Dionysius - Thomas, J. B.. Dionysii Petavii opus de theologicis dogmatibus. Barri-Ducis, Guerin, 1866.

8 volumes in 4to, half vellum.

Fundamental Petau's theological masterpiece, the first systematic attempt ever made to treat the development of Christian doctrine from the historical point of view.

1: In quo de Deo deique proprietatibus agitur.
2: In quo, primum de praedestinatione, post de trinitate agitur.
3: In quo primum de trinitate, postea de angelis agitur.
4: In quo rursum de angelis, de sex primorum mundi dierum opificio, de pelagianorum semipelagianorumque haeresi et quibusdam aliis agitur.
5: In quo rursum de lege et gratia, postea de incarnatione agitur.
6: In quo rursum de incarnatione verbi agitur.
7: In quo rursum de incarnatione verbi postea de diversis et primum de ecclesiastica hierarchia agitur.
8: In quo rursum de ecclesiastica hierarchia, postea de poenitentia agitur.

Denis Petau (1583-1652), also known as Dionysius Petavius, was a French Jesuit theologian. He was one of the most brilliant scholars in a learned age. Petau was born at Orleans, where he had his initial education; he then attended the University of Paris, where he successfully defended his theses for the degree of Master of Arts, not in Latin, but in Greek. After this he followed the theological lectures at the Sorbonne, and, on the advice of Nicolas Ysambert, successfully applied for the chair of philosophy at Bourges. At Paris he formed a friendship with Isaac Casaubon, then librarian at the royal library, where he spent all his spare time studying the ancient Greek manuscripts. At Orleans he was ordained deacon and presented with a canonry. In 1603 he was appointed to a lectureship at the University of Bourges, but resigned his place two years later, in order to enter the Society of Jesus. After spending two years at Bourges he returned to Paris, and began a correspondence with Fronton du Duc, the editor of John Chrysostom. In 1605 he became a Jesuit, taught rhetoric at Reims (1609), and at the College de Clermont (1618). During this last period he began a correspondence with the Bishop of Orleans, Gabriel de Laubepine (Albaspinaeus), on the first year of the primitive Church. Beginning in 1622, he taught positive theology for twenty-two years, and during this time he left France on only two occasions: first in 1629, to teach ecclesiastical history at Madrid at the invitation of Philip IV; second in 1639 to become a cardinal at Rome where Pope Urban VIII wanted him. At sixty years of age he stopped teaching, but retained his office of librarian, in which he had succeeded Fronton du Duc (1623), and devoted the rest of his life to his great work, the Dogmata theologica.

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Usual light foxing, but a very fine set.

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[Jesuits, Theology, Dogma] Petavius, 1866, 8 vols

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