The Preaching of the Master: Thomas Aquinas’s University Sermons on Happiness

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The single task of the Parisian masters of the thirteenth century was to read Scripture, a task they performed by way of the famous legere, disputare, praedicare. Although intimately connected these three are rarely studied in relation to each other. Thomas Aquinas’s sermons on the beatitudes (Matthew 5. 1–10) can be compared to his commentary on Matthew and the Summa Theologiae. This opens up a new perspective on the sermons, addressing some of the questions they raise. The edition of Aquinas’s sermons by Louis Bataillon is instrumental in performing this task and will therefore be considered in greater detail. The present article seeks to contribute to Medieval Sermon Studies by way of a more theological approach and to present to theologians the importance of a greater appreciation for the sermons of the masters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-73
Number of pages14
JournalMedieval Sermon Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019


  • Thomas Aquinas
  • medieval sermon studies
  • happiness
  • Parisian university
  • Biblical hermeneutics
  • Beatitudes
  • Leonine edition
  • mendicants
  • Sermon on the Mount
  • sermo modernus
  • theology

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