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Consecrated Phrases: A Latin Theological Dictionary : Latin Expressions Commonly Found in Theological Writings (Reference Works) [Hardcover]

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Designed to give readers a simple but accurate idea of an expression, this dictionary compiles, translates, and briefly explains the Latin phrases found in theological writings and canon law that may puzzle readers unfamiliar with Latin or the theological meaning and nuances of these terms. "Consecrated Phrases" is a valuable reference for anyone interested in theology at all levels.

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Designed to give readers a simple but accurate idea of a Latin expression, this dictionary compiles, translates, and briefly explains the phrases found in theological writings and canon law that may puzzle readers unfamiliar with Latin or the theological meaning and nuances of these terms.

Consecrated phrases refer to expressions which are used, often in shorthand manner, to express a certain theological position or thought, which express a significant position of Roman Catholic sacramental theology as defined at the Council of Trent. Often these terms appear in a given theological text with little or no translation or explanation. "Consecrated Phrases" provides that explanation in concise and understandable language.

Entries are listed according to the form most likely to be used in the expressions themselves as found in theological writings. Each entry begins with a literal" translation of the Latin term or phrase and then provides a brief explanation on the theological meaning or significance of the term. While most of the entries contain theological, liturgical, canonical, or philosophical terms primarily from the Roman Catholic tradition, important expressions in the various Protestant traditions are also included, as well as a number of common classical aphorisms, Latin titles of many Church documents, and some common scholarly abbreviations.

"Consecrated Phrases" is a valuable reference for anyone interested in theology at al levels. "James T. Bretzke, SJ, is an assistant professor of fundamental Christian ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.""

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Studio: Liturgical Press
Pages   140
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.86 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2000
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814658806  
ISBN13  9780814658802  


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James T. Bretzke, SJ, is a professor of moral theology at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Previously, he was department chair at the University of San Francisco and taught at Jesuit universities and theologates in Rome, Seoul, Manila, Berkeley, and Milwaukee. He is the author of several books, including A Morally Complex World: Engaging Contemporary Moral Theology; his "A Burden of Means: Interpreting Recent Catholic Magisterial Teaching on End-of-Life Issues" won the 2007 College Theology Society's Best Article Award.



James T. Bretzke currently resides in the state of California. James T. Bretzke was born in 1952.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Consecrated Phrases: A Latin Theological Dictionary : Latin Expressions Commonly Found in Theological Writings (Reference Works)?

Ecclesiastical Phrases Defined  Dec 2, 2005
Jim Bretzke, S.J. is an Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies. This small book contains Latin phrases that express a significant position of the Roman Catholic theology of the Pre-Vatican II era. It also includes the Latin titles of many Church documents and major works.

The book not only includes the literal translation. But what that phrase meant in the Traditional Roman Catholic sacramental theology. I found these entries to be quite useful in helping understand the meaning and not just the words.

There are also various Protestant traditions included. If you are looking for a dictionary, this is not the book for you and not why it was written.
 
Wonderful Little Book  Sep 26, 2004
This compendium of common Latin phrases is worth the price just for the phrase "Ubi deficiunt equi trottant aselli", which I had never heard before, but found immensely valuable.

As a reference, it has already been helpful, particularly in dispute with a "Church of God" associate regarding IHS vs. "in hoc signo vinces".

What was surprising about the book is its value as a "browse-through" volume. On the one hand, us post-Vatican II Catholics don't really have a good feel for the interests of the pre-Vatican II world. The staggering number of Latin phrases referencing sexual activity is a pretty strong indicator of the amount of time spent by theologians on this subject (although why theologians should be any different from the rest of the world is another question).

Simply paging through this book is to touch upon long-considered ideas. I believe we tend to ignore the aphorisms and phrases we hear every day, no matter what cleverness or wisdom may lie behind them. To browse through the aphorisms and phrases of a learned language is to put aside this disability and see old concepts in a new light.

Nicely done!
 
Little Book Does What It Was Designed to Do  Nov 1, 2003
Bretzke's Consecrated Phrases may not be comprehensive or exhaustive, but it gets the job done. What I like about this work is that it contains a number of Latin theological phrases that are then succinctly defined in a clear and relatively precise manner. The work is 140+pp. in length including the bibliography. I think the author has done his homework here, but don't buy it if you want depth and exhaustiveness. Some examples of phrases defined are as follows:

Deus semper maior-"God is always greater" (than human attempts at understanding).

Lex valet ut in pluribus-"The law holds in most cases."

Summa Theologiae-"Sum of theology."

I also like the way that Bretzke provides a historical context to a number of the definitions. That is very helpful to those of us who are not Catholics.

 
Pre-Vatican II phrases with post-Vatican II explanation  Aug 26, 2003
Although the many phrases in the book are translated well, I find that some of the explanations are a bit too conciliaratory and modern. If the author would have cut down on the explanations and cross-references and added more phrases, it would have been a much better book.
 

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