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Reading Theology to the Brothers: The Background to St. Anthony’s Opus Dominicale

Reading Theology to the Brothers: The Background to St. Anthony’s Opus Dominicale

By Paul Spilsbury

Commercium: An Electronic Journal of Franciscan Studies, Vol. 1 (2008)

Abstract: Anthony of Padua (c. 1190-1231) was a prominent and influential figure in the Franciscan tradition, yet remains virtually untouched by English-speaking Franciscan scholars of the modern world. The present article is part of an ongoing endeavour to correct this, and explores part of Anthony’s life and more importantly, his legacy. In particular, it treats the question, how did St Antony of Padua come to write his great series of commentaries on the Sunday Gospels, which he himself called his Opus Evangeliorum, but which is generally known today as his Sermones Dominicales?

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