Theological Considerations

Timothy Bellamah, O.P.

in The Biblical Interpretation of William of Alton

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199753604
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918812 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

Theological Considerations

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Chapter 5 considers a few of William’s theological concerns. In the absence of a theological treatise, it is not possible to provide a systematic account of his theology. Still, his biblical commentaries say much about a few of his key theological perspectives. Conspicuous among these is a comprehensive view of divine revelation, which is consistent with his comprehensive view of biblical history. For him, the prophets, apostles, and evangelists were complemented as channels of revelation by the church’s doctors and even the preachers of his own time. Without presuming to have auctoritas, he viewed his own work as a commentator as an instrument of revelation. By restating, organizing, and synthesizing the texts of previous Christian and non-Christian writers and by complementing them with his own remarks, William ventured to become one of them and to contribute to the tradition in which he stood.

Keywords: prophecy; revelation; divine condescension; contemplation; theoria; spiritual sensation; evangelical poverty

Chapter.  25936 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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