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Bonaventure: Life and Works

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Bonaventure started his studies with the so-called artes liberales which would normally take up about six years plus two years as a practicing bachelor. During the years 1248-1250, Bonaventure worked as a baccalaureus biblicus, which means that he had to introduce students to the study of Biblical books. In keeping with the title belonging to a professor of theology, Magister in sacra pagina, teacher of sacred scripture, it was a professor's main task to give lectures on Biblical texts. The Quaestio Disputata is a form of discussion independent of a given text and with the objective to investigate the arguments on which a thesis is based. The Breviloquium fascinates by its clarity, Bonaventure is an excellent stylist, and by its stringency in carrying out and limiting the contents to essentials. Bonaventure's prose and his poetry give proof of his outstanding giftedness in language and probably also in music.

Keywords: Biblical texts; Bonaventure; Breviloquium; Quaestio Disputata; sacred scripture; theology



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