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The Opera Omnia of Saint Bonaventure: History and Present Situation

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This chapter reviews the principal historical stages of the process that led to the edition of Quaracchi, and discusses the successive interventions that have widened and improved the surveying work on Saint Bonaventure's texts. It is clear that the implicit criterion adopted in the Vatican compilation of the Opera Omnia was simply and solely to re-unite and order all that already circulated through printed books or manuscripts attributed to Bonaventure, and to publish in one collection the wisdom and the holiness of the Seraphic Doctor. The critical debate about the authenticity of the Bonaventure's texts was opened by the friar Luke Wadding, who critically examined the Complete Vatican Works of 1655 in its catalogue, which was dedicated to the Franciscan writer. As regards the attribution to Bonaventure of the Commentaria sententiarum, it is necessary to record a constant and general agreement among the scholars through the centuries.

Keywords: Opera Omnia; Quaracchi; Saint Bonaventure; Vatican Works



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