The Person of the Father

Gilles Emery Op

in The Trinitarian Theology of Saint Thomas Aquinas

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582211
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702310 | DOI:
The Person of the Father

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Once he has given his exposition of the divine persons in their plurality, which was based on the notion of person, and which in its turn was built on the analysis of procession and relation, Thomas considers the distinctive character of each divine person. The Summa Theologiae creates a special section for ‘each of the divine persons in particular’ (qq. 33 to 38). This chapter argues that Thomas considers each person distinctly in itself in order to create an exposé of the ‘divine personal names’: Father, Unbegotten, Son and Word, Image, Holy Spirit, Love and Gift. This doesn't mean that his approach is exclusively concerned with language. It is the reality of the property of each person which is intended by means of the language, so it is at bottom an investigation of the persons themselves.

Keywords: St Thomas Aquinas; Summa Theologiae; Father; Trinity; divine personal names

Chapter.  12640 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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