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THE <i>Sentences</i>, Book II

Philipp W. Rosemann

in Peter Lombard

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195155440
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849871 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195155440.003.0006

Series: Great Medieval Thinkers

THE Sentences, Book II

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This chapter examines Book II of Peter Lombard's Book of Sentences. In Book II, Peter Lombard presented his ideas with his usual sense of humility, recognizing the limits of the human mind in coming to grasp why man was created as an incarnate spirit, how precisely the details of angelic nature are to be understood, or why God allowed the devil to tempt humanity, knowing as He did that we would fall. This chapter also looks at the divine nature and the inner-Trinitarian mysteries and God's effects in creation. This chapter provides a complete structure of Book II. Distinction 1 opens the book with reflections on the concept of creation and its reasons. Distinctions 2 through 11 are devoted to the first elements of creation: the angels. Distinctions 12 to 15 offer a hexaemeron. Distinctions 16 to 18 focus more specifically on the creation of mankind, Distinction 18 being devoted exclusively to the creation of woman.

Keywords: Peter Lombard; Book of Sentences; Genesis; elements of creation; hexaemeron

Chapter.  10505 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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