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Victorine Texts in Translation (6 vols.)

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St. Victor was an abbey and for a while a congregation of abbeys of canons regular who followed the Rule of St. Augustine. Canons regular were clergy who lived in common like monks, but almost always followed the Rule of St. Augustine. Their monasteries usually had a customary (book detailing the observances of daily life), and these often drew on monastic (Benedictine/Cistercian) models, so the observances of canons often resembled those of monks. The canons regular have not fared as well as the monastic orders in the post French Revolution era. The best known congregation of them are the Premonstratensians, also known as the Norbertines after their founder St. Norbert.

  • Covers topics including biblical exegesis, speculative theology, liturgical works, and mystical texts
  • Encompasses a broad range of biblical exegetical practice at the abbey
  • Each volume is devoted to a theme and contains works by several Victorine authors
The enormous productivity of the twelfth century canons of Paris’s Abbey of Saint Victor had a tremendous influence on the great scholastic masters of the thirteenth century like Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventure. Their contemplative spirituality, transmitted via the Low Countries, would also shape the Devotio Moderna and beyond. How fortunate, then, that New City Press will provide an English language series of translations of Victorine biblical exegesis, speculative theology, liturgical works, and mystical texts. Like the householder of the Gospel, the Victorines brought forth old things and new. We are the beneficiaries of those present day scholars who make these nova et vetera available to a wide audience in fresh reliable translation.

—Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology, The University of Notre Dame

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Interpretation of Scripture: Practice

  • Editors: Frans van Liere and Franklin T. Harkins
  • Series Editors: Grover Zinn and Hugh Feiss
  • Series: Victorine Texts in Translation
  • Publisher: New City Press
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 565

The Canons following the Rule of St Augustine at St Victor in Paris were some of the most influential religious writers of the Middle Ages. Interpretation of Scripture: Practice contains commentaries and examples of biblical exegesis by Hugh and Andrew of Saint Victor, Sermons by Richard of Saint Victor and Maurice of Sully, the Quaestiones in divina pagina by Robert of Melun, Richard’s invective against judaizers, De Emmanuele, and a poetic paraphrase of Ruth by Leontius of Saint Victor, encompassing the broad range of biblical exegetical practice at the abbey.

All of the introductions are a great help to those who approach the Victorine texts. Just as importantly, the translations are excellent... Even though serious study of the Victorines and their methods demands facility with biblical and medieval Latin, nonetheless, these very good translations will get the reader as close to Victorine practice as is possible in English

—Andrew Thornton, OSB, Saint Anselm Abbey, Manchester, NH, The American Benedictine Review

Interpretation of Scripture: Theory

  • Editors: Franklin T. Harkins and Frans van Liere
  • Series Editors: Grover Zinn and Hugh Feiss
  • Series: Victorine Texts in Translation
  • Publisher: New City Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 558

This volume contains Hugh of St. Victor’s Didascalicon, On Sacred Scripture and its Authors and The Diligent Examiner, and On the Sacraments; Godfrey of St. Victor’s Fountain of Philosophy; Andrew of St. Victor’s Prologues to Select Commentaries; and selections from the following: Richard of St. Victor’s Book of Notes and On the Apocalypse of John; Robert of Melun’s Sentences, and the anonymous Speculum on the Mysteries of the Church.

This work is the third volume of a series that offers translations and introductions of texts by authors who resided or were formed at the Abbey of Saint Victor in Paris in the twelfth century. This volume deals with methods of reading and Scriptural interpretation by including texts that introduce readers to basic concerns such as the names, numbers, and authors of biblical books....While one could always criticize a book such as this for including or not including such-and-such a text, every text is well translated and introduced, although few introductions go beyond summarizing contents and manuscripts. Once volume six of this series is published (to be titled, Interpretation of Scripture: Practice) this volume will become more useful. The work effectively demonstrates how the Victorines were interested in both historical and spiritual exegesis, and it will be of interest to graduate students and specialists involved in hermeneutics or twelfth century theology.

—Devlin McGuire, Princeton Theological Seminary, NJ, USA

On Love

  • Editor: Hugh Feiss
  • Series Editors: Grover Zinn and Hugh Feiss
  • Series: Victorine Texts in Translation
  • Publisher: New City Press
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 391

This volume contains five essays by Hugh of St. Victor: The Praise of the Bridegroom; Soliloquy on The Betrothal-Gift of the Soul; On the Praise of Charity; On the Substance of Love; What Truly Should Be Loved?; Richard’s: On the Four Degrees of Violent Love; Achard’s: Sermon 5 and two of Adam’s Sequences; and excerpts from the Microcosmus by Godfrey.

Writings on love from the abbey of St Victor by Hugh, Richard, Adam, Achard and Godfrey are included, each one with a helpful and clear introduction, all preceded by a general introduction that is substantial and informative. Notes and bibliographies are detailed and offer further lines of enquiry for scholars of medieval spirituality, for whom this volume (the second in a series of Victorine texts in English translation) will be invaluable. Each writer provides a blend of experience, faith in Scripture and the church, and reason, all in service of promoting attention to the inner life and facilitating progression in faith. Each is indebted to and in turn contributes to the Augustinian stream in Christianity and, unsurprisingly, very often the Song of Songs is the focus of meditation. Contemplation and compassion are interwoven in these examples of the exploration of love, its nature, dynamism, direction and transformative possibilities, as well as its risks of misdirection, deformation and disorder. The more we advance in love, the more we approach God’s likeness and simultaneously grow in awareness of God’s presence in our life.

—John Sullivan, Liverpool Hope University

Trinity and Creation

  • Editors: Boyd Taylor Coolman and Dale M. Coulter
  • Series Editors: Grover Zinn and Hugh Feiss
  • Series: Victorine Texts in Translation
  • Publisher: New City Press
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 428

The Trinity and Creation are central themes in the theology of the Augustinian Canons of the Abbey of St. Victor during the twelfth century, when it flourished. In this volume, for the first time three of the most important Victorine theological works are introduced in complete English translations. On the Three Days, by Hugh of St. Victor (d. 1141), is a lyrical yet philosophical study of how the power, wisdom, and goodness of God can be known from the things God has made. Hugh’s lecture notes, Sentences on Divinity, show how divine ideas (“primordial causes”) serve God in creation. One of the enduring classics of Christian theology, On the Trinity, by Richard of St. Victor (d. 1173), analyzes the Trinity in terms of love. This volume also includes two of Adam of St. Victor’s sequences in praise of the Trinity.

The enormous productivity of the twelfth century canons of Paris’s Abbey of Saint Victor had a tremendous influence on the great scholastic masters of the thirteenth century like Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventure. Their contemplative spirituality, transmitted via the Low Countries, would also shape the Devotio Moderna and beyond. How fortunate, then, that New City Press will provide an English language series of translations of Victorine biblical exegesis, speculative theology, liturgical works, and mystical texts. Like the householder of the Gospel, the Victorines brought forth old things and new. We are the beneficiaries of those present day scholars who make these nova et vetera available to a wide audience in fresh reliable translation.

—Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology, The University of Notre Dame

Victorine Christology

  • Editor: Christopher P. Evans
  • Series Editors: Grover Zinn and Hugh Feiss
  • Series: Victorine Texts in Translation
  • Publisher: New City Press
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Pages: 484

In this volume, the editor, Christopher Evans, and his collaborators offer selections from works that formulate and defend that thinking and situate it in the context of other contemporary attempts to understand how Christ could be both God and man. Evans' introduction is a masterful summary of the place of the Victorines in the development of Christology during the twelfth century. In this volume, Hugh's thinking is represented by the Christological part of his On the Sacraments and his treatise On the Wisdom of Christs Soul, where he argues that Christ's human soul had by grace what his divinity had by nature. This is a theme that reappears in Achard's Easter sermon. The other texts translated here, the Christological section of the Summa Sententiarum and of Robert of Melun's Sentences, are deeply influenced by Hugh's Christology. Robert's text, hitherto unedited as well as untranslated, is a presentation and defense of Victorine Christology by someone deeply involved in the Parisian theological scene in the generation after Hugh. Robert's treatment was the high point of Victorine Christology.

Like the householder of the Gospel, the Victorines brought forth old things and new. We are the beneficiaries of those present-day scholars who make these nova et vetera available to a wide audience in fresh reliable translations.

—Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology The University of Notre Dame

Writings on the Spiritual Life

  • Editor: Christopher P. Evans
  • Series Editors: Grover Zinn and Hugh Feiss
  • Series: Victorine Texts in Translation
  • Publisher: New City Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 614

The Canons following the Rule of St Augustine at St Victor in Paris were some of the most influential religious writers of the Middle Ages. They combined exegesis and spiritual teaching in a theology that was deeply rooted in tradition but also attuned to current developments in the schools of Paris. This selection of their writings on the spiritual life treats the development of Christian life from the beginnings of conversion to the perfection of love and contemplation, then moves on to prayer, meditation, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit and finally presents poetical, exegetical and homiletic works honoring Mary, the Mother of God. This rich and representative sampling of Victorine works is a clear window into a world that still has much to offer modern readers interested in spirituality, medieval or modern.

In the collection of volumes that form Victorine Texts in Translation, the editors have made the happy choice of including the entire field of scholarship of the School of St. Victor in Paris, knowing that its production extended in many directions; and this new volume, Writings on the Spiritual Life, shows us its breadth. This is because the School of St. Victor, a school of thought, is also a school of the cloister. The teachings, spiritual thoughts, and sermons contained here go to the very center of the preoccupations of the School. We must note especially the remarkable Sequence of Adam and a hymn of Godfrey of St. Victor; these verses are not so much a lyric translation of doctrinal themes as a unique manner of penetration into its aspects. The panoply of this volume reflects as well the spiritual life of this Parisian Abbey, not only in the various literary genres that it brings to us, but also in its formal structure and forms of prayer (by week, by degree, by style, and by type), and its themes, (both ecclesiastic and anthropological).

— Fr. Patrice Sicard, Extraordinary Professor at the Faculty of Notre Dame College of Bernardine, France

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