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A Shorter Summa: The Essential Philosophical Passages of by Peter Kreeft

By Peter Kreeft

A shortened model of Kreeft's a lot better Summa of the Summa, which in flip used to be a shortened model of the Summa Theologica. the cause of the double shortening is lovely visible: the unique runs a few 4000 pages! (The Summa of the Summa used to be simply over 500.) The Summa is unquestionably the best, such a lot formidable, most obvious ebook of theology ever written. In it, there's additionally a lot philosophy, that's chosen, excerpted, prepared, brought, and defined in footnotes right here via Kreeft, a favored Thomist instructor and author. St. Thomas Aquinas is universally well-known as one of many maximum philosophers who ever lived. His writings mix the 2 basic beliefs of philosophical writing: readability and profundity. he's a grasp of metaphysics and technical terminology, but so choked with either theoretical and sensible knowledge. he's the grasp of good judgment. The Summa Theologica is undying, yet fairly very important this day due to his synthesis of religion and cause, revelation and philosophy, and the Biblical and the classical Greco-Roman heritages. This little ebook is designed for newbies, both for lecture room use or separately. It comprises the main well-known and influential passages of St. Thomas' philosophy with copious aids to figuring out them.

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Josephus and the Talmud give us the names and biographies of more than forty of the members of the Sanhedrin that condemned Jesus. Most of them were haughty, ambitious, overbearing, scheming priests, who believed 40 themselves to be infallible. The three orders that composed the Sanhedrin are often mentioned in the New Testament. See Matthew 26:57, 59; Mark 14:43. The qualifications for membership in the Great Sanhedrin, if strictly enforced, would make injustice impossible. The following are the most prominent membership requirements as listed in Hebrew literature: 1.

Doubtless the morning meeting was an attempt to give a semblance of regularity and legality to the proceedings to make them conform to the rules of Hebrew law requiring at least two trials. These, however, were both held on the same day and only a few hours apart; they were, therefore, a mere subterfuge. When we consider the recklessness with which the judges of Jesus trampled underfoot the rules of Hebrew law, it is doubtful that they were even concerned about legality of procedure. During the interval of one or two hours between the two sessions of the Sanhedrin, Jesus was turned over to the mob to be tormented and persecuted.

34 In the second place, Hebrew law prohibited a judge or a magistrate, sitting alone, from questioning an accused person judicially, or to sit in judgment on his legal rights, either by day or by night. The Hebrews permitted no one-judge courts, their smallest tribunal having three and their largest seventy-one judges. "Be not a sole judge, for there is no sole judge but One," is a well-known statement in the Mishna. It was believed that God alone was capable of judging without counsel. In the third place, private preliminary hearings were specifically forbidden by Hebrew law.

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