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The Prothemes Of Bonaventure's Sermones Dominicales And Minorite Prayer

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This chapter examines the role of prothemes in preaching, and delineates the salient aspects of the early Minorite perspective on prayer. It shows how Bonaventure utilizes prothemes throughout the Sunday Sermons as a way to teach the Minorite theology of prayer as articulated at the University of Paris. Bonaventure's striking appeal to divine piety in selected prothemes is afforded particular attention as this practice exemplifies how preaching presupposes the Minorite emphasis on interiority. In a study of the written culture of the Minorites, Attilio Bartoli Langeli draws a distinction between them and their mendicant counterparts, the Order of Preachers. Unlike collections such as the Seasonal Sermons and Diverse Sermons, the seventh Minister General after Francis of Assisi composed the Sunday Sermons from beginning to end as unified literary work.

Keywords: Bonaventure's theology; Diverse Sermons; medieval preaching; minorite prayer; Parisian theology; Sunday Sermons prothemes



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