Book Series Brepols Library of Christian Sources, vol. 11

Pseudo-Thomas Gallus

Three Writings on Mystical Theology: Exposition of the Mystical Theology, Commentary on the Canticle of Canticles, On the Seven Steps of Contemplation

With Accompanying Translations and an Introduction

Declan A. Lawell

  • Pages: 533 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Language(s):English, Latin
  • Publication Year:2024


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Three Latin texts on Mystical Theology with accompanying English translations and an introductory study.

BIO

Declan Lawell teaches Latin at The Blue Coat School in Liverpool.

Summary

This volume contains a newly-edited exposition on the Mystical Theology contained in MS UV6 of the Biblioteca degli Intronati in Siena. The MS attributes the work to the abbot of Vercelli (Thomas Gallus), but this is shown to be a false attribution. A commentary on the Canticle of Canticles has also been attributed to Thomas Gallus but argued against by J. Barbet in Brepols' SRSA volume 10 (2005). This commentary is reprinted and accompanied with the first ever English translation. A treatise on the Seven Steps to Contemplation in Latin with an English translation is the third text. An introductory critical study evaluates all three works and argues that they all belong to the same author, pseudo-Thomas Gallus.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
The Texts and the Background of Dionysius the Areopagite
Previous Editions
The Three Texts
Analysis of the Style and Language of the Texts
New evidence from the Exposition of the Mystical Theology, Intime domus sue
Postlude: Exposition of the Books of Blessed Dionysius (Expositio librorum beati Dionysii)
Conclusions
Principles of the Edition

Text and Translation
Exposition of the Mystical Theology (Intime domus sue)
Commentary on the Canticle of Canticles (Deiformis anime gemitus)
On the Seven Steps of Contemplation (De septem gradibus contemplationis)

Bibliography

Glossary

Indices