The Treatise on the Incarnation, Vol. VIII

We are pleased to announce that Volume Eight of our Latin-English edition of the Summa Theologiae is now available on Amazon.comAmazon.caAmazon.co.ukAmazon.deAmazon.esAmazon.fr, and Amazon.it.

This eighth volume contains Questions 1-59 of the Tertia Pars and consists of the Treatise on the Incarnation.

Book Information:

Available From: Amazon.comAmazon.caAmazon.co.ukAmazon.deAmazon.esAmazon.frAmazon.it.
Format: Trade Paperback
Page Count: 788 pages
Dimensions: 7×10″
ISBN-13: 
978-0985622671
List Price: $25.95 

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Links to all of the completed volumes:

Volume One (Prima Pars, Q. 1-64)
Volume Two (Prima Pars, Q. 65-119)
Volume Three (Prima Secundae, Q. 1-70)
Volume Four (Prima Secundae, Q. 71-114)
Volume Five (Secunda Secundae, Q.1-56)
Volume Six (Secunda Secundae, Q. 57-140)
Volume Seven (Secunda Secundae, Q. 141-189)
Volume Eight (Tertia Pars, Q. 1-59)

Volume VII Now Available

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Now listed on Amazon.comAmazon.co.ukAmazon.deAmazon.esAmazon.fr, and Amazon.it.

This is the seventh volume of a new parallel Latin-English edition of the Summa Theologiæ of Saint Thomas Aquinas being produced by NovAntiqua. 

It is the hope of those responsible for this edition, that having the original Latin text and a respected English translation side by side will not only give those who are not ready to tackle the of Saint Thomas unaided access to his own words, but will inspire them and assist them in their pursuit of this language. They will likely discover, as many have before them, that Thomas is more easily understood in the tongue in which he wrote than he is in any other.

The English translation that the NovAntiqua edition utilizes is the translation of the Dominican Fathers of the English Province, often known as the “Benziger,” after its first U.S. publisher. The translation is the most widely used English translation, appreciated for its overall faithfulness to the Latin of St. Thomas Aquinas.

The Latin used is that of the Leonine edition. There are, however, some brief passages (rarely more than a sentence) that appear in the Leonine edition of the Latin that do not appear in the Dominican Fathers’ translation. In those cases, we insert an English translation of the phrase in question, and the insertion is bracketed and marked with a footnote. Likewise there are some phrases that appear in the English translation that do not appear in the Leonine; in those cases we track down a Latin edition containing the phrase and insert it, also bracketed and footnoted.

The text is arranged in a parallel-column format, Latin on the left and English on the right.

This volume contains Questions 141-189 of the Secunda Secundae, and consists of the following:

  • Treatise on the Cardinal Virtues, continued
  • On Temperance
  • Treatise on the Gratuitous Graces
  • Treatise on the States of Life

This is the seventh volume of what will be a complete Latin-English edition of the Summa.

Available From: Amazon.comAmazon.co.ukAmazon.deAmazon.esAmazon.frAmazon.it.

  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Page Count: 620 pages
  • Dimensions: 7×10″
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985622664
  • List Price: $24.95 / £14.95 / EUR 18.95

Volume VI Now Available

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Now listed on Amazon.comAmazon.co.ukAmazon.de,
Amazon.esAmazon.fr and Amazon.it.

This is the sixth volume of a new parallel Latin-English edition of the Summa Theologiæ of Saint Thomas Aquinas being produced by NovAntiqua. 

It is the hope of those responsible for this edition, that having the original Latin text and a respected English translation side by side will not only give those who are not ready to tackle the of Saint Thomas unaided access to his own words, but will inspire them and assist them in their pursuit of this language. They will likely discover, as many have before them, that Thomas is more easily understood in the tongue in which he wrote than he is in any other.

The English translation that the NovAntiqua edition utilizes is the translation of the Dominican Fathers of the English Province, often known as the “Benziger,” after its first U.S. publisher. The translation is the most widely used English translation, appreciated for its overall faithfulness to the Latin of St. Thomas Aquinas.

The text is arranged in a parallel-column format, Latin on the left and English on the right.

This volume contains Questions 57-140 of the Secunda Secundae, and consists of the following:

  • Treatise on the Cardinal Virtues, continued
  • On Justice
  • On Fortitude

This is the sixth volume of what will be a complete Latin-English edition of the Summa.

NovAntiqua Summa now available on Amazon.co.uk

We are pleased to announce Volumes I-V of the NovAntiqua Summa Theologiae are now available on Amazon.co.uk, and all are eligible for free Super Saver Delivery within the UK.

Volume I: I, q. 1-64
– List price £16.95

  • Treatise on Sacred Doctrine
  • Treatise on the One God
  • Treatise on the Most Holy Trinity
  • Treatise on the Creation
  • Treatise on the Angels
Volume II: I, q. 65-119
 – List price £15.95
  • Treatise on the Work of the Six Days
  • Treatise on Man
  • Treatise on the Conservation and Government of Creatures
Volume III: I-II, q. 1-70
 – List price £16.95
  • Treatise on the Last End
  • Treatise on Human Acts: Acts Peculiar to Man
  • Treatise on the Passions
  • Treatise on Habits
  • Treatise on Habits in Particular
  • Good Habits, i.e., Virtues
Volume IV: I-II, q. 71-114
 – List price £16.95
  • Treatise on the Habits, continued
  • Evil Habits, i.e., Vices
  • Treatise on Law
  • Treatise on Grace
Volume V: II-II, q. 1-56
 – List price £16.95
  • Treatise on the Theological Virtues
  • Treatise on the Cardinal Virtues
  • On Prudence

Developments around NovAntiqua

As our major site redesign (granted, a redesign less visible from the blog) indicates, NovAntiqua is still moving forward, and we have some exciting things underway.

First of all, we expect Volume VI to be out in just a few weeks – we know it’s been a long wait!

Second – possibly even more exciting – the completed volumes of our Summa will very soon be available in Europe via Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.deAmazon.es, Amazon.fr, and Amazon.it. We will be posting the links to the volumes when they are live in the next week or so.

Third, we’ve added a page to the site, Beyond NovAntiqua – Events, with a calendar of conferences, seminars, courses, calls for papers, etc. that may be of interest to our readers. If you would like to alert us to an event that isn’t on our calendar, please drop us a line at mail[at]novantiqua.com.

Thanks to all of you for your continued support of our work!

Volume V of the Summa Is Now Available

Volume V of the Summa

It has arrived – Volume V of the Summa Theologiae of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Latin-English Editionis now on the digital shelves of Amazon.com.

Volume V contains the first part of the Secunda Secundae – Questions 1-56. These questions cover the

  • Treatise on the Theological Virtues (Faith, Hope, and Charity)
  • Treatise on the Cardinal Virtues (Prudence)

This volume is 636 pages, and it has a list price of $25.95 (eligible for Free Super-Saver shipping).

Work on Volume VI is underway. We anticipate that the Secunda Secundae will be divided into three volumes due to the length of St. Thomas’s treatment of Justice. Volume VI will cover Justice and Fortitude. Volume VII will contain Temperance, the Treatise on Gratuitous Graces, and the Treatise on the States of Life.

Summa update and a look down the road

[Updated 8 Aug. 2011]

Work on Volume V is proceeding steadily; we expect to see it in print by August 15. Volume V is now available on Amazon.com. We appreciate the fact that there are those who are anxiously waiting for later volumes to appear; we can only offer our assurances that we are working diligently.

In the meantime, we wanted to give our readers a look at the contents of the entire set as it will stand when finished. (And also put to rest the recurring misconception that we have either completed or are near the completion of this project).

[completedVolume I: I, q. 1-64

  • Treatise on Sacred Doctrine
  • Treatise on the One God
  • Treatise on the Most Holy Trinity
  • Treatise on the Creation
  • Treatise on the Angels
[completed] Volume II: I, q. 65-119
  • Treatise on the Work of the Six Days
  • Treatise on Man
  • Treatise on the Conservation and Government of Creatures
[completed] Volume III: I-II, q. 1-70
  • Treatise on the Last End
  • Treatise on Human Acts: Acts Peculiar to Man
  • Treatise on the Passions
  • Treatise on Habits
  • Treatise on Habits in Particular
  • Good Habits, i.e., Virtues
[completedVolume IV: I-II, q. 71-114
  • Treatise on the Habits, continued
  • Evil Habits, i.e., Vices
  • Treatise on Law
  • Treatise on Grace
[completedVolume V: II-II, q. 1-56
  • Treatise on the Theological Virtues
  • Treatise on the Cardinal Virtues
  • On Prudence
 [in progressVolume VI: II-II, q. 57-140
  • Treatise on the Cardinal Virtues, continued
  • On Justice
  • On Fortitude
Volume VII: II-II, q. 141-189
  • Treatise on the Cardinal Virtues, continued
  • On Temperance
  • Treatise on Gratuitous Graces
  • Treatise on the States of Life
Volume VIII: III, q. 1-59
  • Treatise on the Incarnation
Volume IX: III, q. 60-83; Supplement, q. 1-33
  • Treatise on the Sacraments
  • The Sacraments, in General
  • Baptism
  • Confirmation
  • Eucharist
  • Penance
  • Extreme Unction
Volume X: Supplement, q. 34-99; Appendices
  • Treatise on the Sacraments, continued
  • Orders
  • Matrimony
  • Treatise on the Resurrection
  • Treatise on the Last Things



Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas – and Giveaway Winner

St. Thomas Aquinas

Happy Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas! We have already sent an e-mail to Thomas, the winner of the NovAntiqua Summa Giveaway 2011, to let him know how to claim his volume of the NovAntiqua Summa. (And let me assure our readers that it is entirely coincidental that the winner’s name is Thomas.)

In honor of the Feast, I wanted to post an excerpt from one of Pope Benedict XVI’s Wednesday audiences last year in which he treated St. Thomas Aquinas:

Faith consolidates, integrates and illumines the heritage of truth that human reason acquires. The trust with which St Thomas endows these two instruments of knowledge, faith and reason, may be traced back to the conviction that both stem from the one source of all truth, the divine Logos, which is active in both contexts, that of Creation and that of redemption.

Together with the agreement between reason and faith, we must recognize on the other hand that they avail themselves of different cognitive procedures. Reason receives a truth by virtue of its intrinsic evidence, mediated or unmediated; faith, on the contrary, accepts a truth on the basis of the authority of the Word of God that is revealed. St Thomas writes at the beginning of his Summa Theologiae: “We must bear in mind that there are two kinds of sciences. There are some which proceed from a principle known by the natural light of the intelligence, such as arithmetic and geometry and the like. There are some which proceed from principles known by the light of a higher science: thus the science of perspective proceeds from principles established by geometry, and music from principles established by arithmetic. So it is that sacred doctrine is a science, because it proceeds from principles established by the light of a higher science, namely, the science of God and the blessed” (ia, q. 1, a.2).

This distinction guarantees the autonomy of both the human and the theological sciences. However, it is not equivalent to separation but, rather, implies a reciprocal and advantageous collaboration. Faith, in fact, protects reason from any temptation to distrust its own abilities, stimulates it to be open to ever broader horizons, keeps alive in it the search for foundations and, when reason itself is applied to the supernatural sphere of the relationship between God and man, faith enriches his work. According to St Thomas, for example, human reason can certainly reach the affirmation of the existence of one God, but only faith, which receives the divine Revelation, is able to draw from the mystery of the Love of the Triune God.

Moreover, it is not only faith that helps reason. Reason too, with its own means can do something important for faith, making it a threefold service which St Thomas sums up in the preface to his commentary on the De Trinitate of Boethius: “demonstrating those truths that are preambles of the faith; giving a clearer notion, by certain similitudes, of the truths of the faith; resisting those who speak against the faith, either by showing that their statements are false, or by showing that they are not necessarily true” (q. 2, a.3). The entire history of theology is basically the exercise of this task of the mind which shows the intelligibility of faith, its articulation and inner harmony, its reasonableness and its ability to further human good. The correctness of theological reasoning and its real cognitive meaning is based on the value of theological language which, in St Thomas’ opinion, is principally an analogical language. The distance between God, the Creator, and the being of his creatures is infinite; dissimilitude is ever greater than similitude (cf. DS 806). Nevertheless in the whole difference between Creator and creatures an analogy exists between the created being and the being of the Creator, which enables us to speak about God with human words.

This is from the second Audience of Pope Benedict XVI on St. Thomas Aquinas (16 June 2010).  Here also are links to the first Audience (2 June 2010) and the third  Audience (23 June 2010).

Beyond NovAntiqua: Latin Dictionaries

The gold standard among Latin dictionaries is A Latin Dictionary: Founded on Andrew’s Edition of Freund’s Latin Dictionary (Oxford University Press USA, 1956), more often known as (which is to say, almost exclusively known as) the Lewis and Short dictionary. This should not be confused with the Oxford Latin Dictionary (OLD), which would be of much less use to most readers of NovAntiqua since the OLD confines itself to Latin as used before AD 200. The aptly acronymed OLD has thus become the dictionary for classicists, while the Lewis and Short is for anyone working with Latin texts written in the eighteen-or-so centuries afterward (though it covers classical Latin, too). Portability is not one of the selling points of the Lewis and Short. Nor is price.

At the other end of the spectrum size- and price-wise is the Collins Gem Latin-English Dictionary – extremely portable and surprisingly comprehensive. A newer edition is available, but we haven’t had a chance to check it out yet.

We have mentioned the Lexicon of Saint Thomas Aquinas by Roy J. Deferrari (Loreto Publications, 2004) before, but it’s worth mentioning again here.