Commentary on the Gospel of John

Commentary on the Gospel of John: Chapters 1-5

Fabian Larcher
James A. Weisheipl
Daniel Keating
Matthew Levering
Copyright Date: 2010
Pages: 351
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    Commentary on the Gospel of John
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    eISBN: 978-0-8132-1773-4
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
    (pp. vii-viii)
    (pp. ix-xxx)

    St. Thomas Aquinas’s faithful scribe, Reginald of Piperno, appended the following remark to the original manuscript of the Lectura super Ioannem:

    Here therefore is what I, Friar Reginald of Piperno, of the Order of Preachers, at the request of certain companions and particularly at the order of the reverend Father Lord Provost of Saint-Omer, have gathered together in following Friar Thomas Aquinas—just like—just like he who gathers the grapes [left] after the harvest. Please God that it is not too inadequate to the work.¹

    From this note, scholars have gathered that the Super Ioannem is Reginald’s reportatio, or...

    (pp. xxxi-xxxiv)

      (pp. 1-6)

      1. These are the words of a contemplative, and if we regard them as spoken by John the Evangelist they apply quite well to showing the nature of this Gospel. For as Augustine¹ says in his work, On the Agreement of the Evangelists: “The other Evangelists instruct us in their Gospels on the active life; but John in his Gospel instructs us also on the contemplative life.”

      The contemplation of John is described above in three ways, in keeping with the threefold manner in which he contemplated the Lord Jesus. It is described as high, full, and perfect. It is...

      (pp. 7-11)

      12. In this Prologue, Jerome intends to explain two things, namely, the author of the Gospel, and to show that it was fitting for him to write this Gospel.

      Therefore it is divided into two parts: in the first he describes John with respect to his life, in the second, with respect to his death, where he says [n. 20], And this is John.

      He makes two points in the first part: first, he describes the author of the work, with respect to the gifts granted to him in his life; second, he shows John’s suitability for writing the Gospel...

    • CHAPTER 1
      (pp. 12-131)

      23. John the Evangelist, as already indicated, makes it his principal object to show the divinity of the Incarnate Word. Accordingly, his Gospel is divided into two parts. In the first he states the divinity of Christ; in the second he shows it by the things Christ did in the flesh (2:1). In regard to the first, he does two things. First he shows the divinity of Christ; secondly he sets forth the manner in which Christ’s divinity is made known to us (1:14). Concerning the first he does two things. First he treats of the divinity of Christ; secondly...

    • CHAPTER 2
      (pp. 132-160)

      335. Above, the Evangelist showed the dignity of the incarnate Word and gave various evidence for it. Now he begins to relate the effects and actions by which the divinity of the incarnate Word was made known to the world. First, he tells the things Christ did, while living in the world, that show his divinity. Secondly, he tells how Christ showed his divinity while dying; and this from chapter twelve on.

      As to the first he does two things. First, he shows the divinity of Christ in relation to the power he had over nature. Secondly, in relation to...

    • CHAPTER 3
      (pp. 161-204)

      423. Above, the Evangelist showed Christ’s power in relation to changes affecting nature; here he shows it in relation to our reformation by grace, which is his principal subject. Reformation by grace comes about through spiritual generation and by the conferring of benefits on those regenerated. First, then, he treats of spiritual generation. Secondly, of the spiritual benefits divinely conferred on the re-generated, and this in chapter five.

      As to the first he does two things. First, he treats of spiritual regeneration in relation to the Jews. Secondly, of the spreading of the fruits of this regeneration even to foreign...

    • CHAPTER 4
      (pp. 205-253)

      549. Having set forth the teaching of Christ on spiritual regeneration, and that Christ had given this grace of spiritual regeneration to the Jews, he now shows how Christ gave this grace to the Gentiles. Now the salutary grace of Christ had been dispensed in two ways to the Gentiles: through teaching and through miracles. “Going forth, they preached everywhere”: this is the teaching; “the Lord cooperated with them, and confirmed the word with signs”: these are the miracles (Mk 16:20).

      First, he shows the future conversion of the Gentiles through teaching. Secondly, their future conversion through miracles (v. 43)....

    • CHAPTER 5
      (pp. 254-308)

      699. Above, our Lord dealt with spiritual rebirth; here he deals with the benefits God gives to those who are spiritually reborn. Now we see that parents give three things to those who are physically born from them: life, nourishment, and instruction or discipline. And those who are spiritually reborn receive these three from Christ: spiritual life, spiritual nourishment, and spiritual teaching. And so these three things are considered here: first, the giving of spiritual life; secondly, the giving of spiritual food (chap. 6); and thirdly, spiritual teaching (chap. 7).

      About the first he does three things. First, he sets...

  7. INDEX
    (pp. 309-314)
  8. Back Matter
    (pp. 315-316)