Catena Aurea (St. Thomas Aquinas)

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These books are a great collection of writings of the Church Fathers. An excellent resource for study and meditation, showing how the early Church interpreted the Scriptures, and how we too must understand them. These 4 books contain commentaries on the 4 Gospels only - not the entire Bible.

Compiling the works of the Early Church Fathers (over 80 are featured!), the Angelic Doctor presents a comprehensive and erudite exegesis of the Scriptural books that specifically recount the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The English translation of the original Latin text contained in this set is especially noteworthy as it was edited by JOHN HENRY NEWMAN (1801-1890), who was canonized in October 2019. The work of several years, though the 1st volume was published in 1841, is an accurate translation that has stood the test of time and is still cherished by serious students of the Holy Gospels. In fact, Newman co-wrote in one of the Catena's introductions that while previous ecclesiastical writers had also compiled such Patristic texts, nevertheless "...they [the earlier compositions] are very inferior to the Catena Aurea." Originally published as an 8-volume set, this reprinted edition has been bound into 4 volumes allowing the production of an elegant hardcover set, but for an economical sale price! Each volume features original-quality text reprinted on fine, natural-colored paper, sewn-binding, handsomely hardbound in an antique-style khaki rattan Kidskin with red embossing on the covers and spines, and a red marking ribbon. 2840 pages in 4 volumes