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Levering, Matthew 1971-

Works: 96 works in 487 publications in 1 language and 23,213 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Commentaries  History  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Creator, Contributor
Classifications: BT111.3, 231.044
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Matthew Levering
Vatican II : renewal within tradition by Matthew Levering( )

13 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In [book title], an international team of theologians offers a different reading of the documents from Vatican II. The Council was indeed putting forth a vision for the future of the Church, but that vision was grounded in two millennia of tradition. Taken together, these essays demonstrate that Vatican II's documents are a development from an established antecedent in the Roman Catholic Church."--Back cover
Ressourcement Thomism : sacred doctrine, the Sacraments, and the moral life : essays in honor of Romanus Cessario, O.P. by Reinhard Hütter( )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essays in this volume explore three areas in which St. Thomas Aquinas's voice has never fallen silent: sacred doctrine, the relationship of sacraments and metaphysics, and the central role of virtue in moral theology. The essays highlight the importance of Aquinas in contemporary theology and exemplify how to draw upon the resources of the saint for contemporary purposes of appropriation and practice, rather than for strictly historical purposes. Throughout, one sees the importance of Aquinas for theology today
Reading John with St. Thomas Aquinas : theological exegesis and speculative theology by Matthew Levering( )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 1,552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jewish-Christian dialogue and the life of wisdom : engagements with the theology of David Novak by Matthew Levering( )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book inquires as to whether theological dialogue between Christians and Jews is possible, not only in itself but also as regards the emergence of communities of Messianic Judaism. In light of David Novak's insights, Matthew Levering proposes that Christian theological responses to supersessionism need to preserve both the Church's development of doctrine and Rabbinic Judaism's ability to define its own boundaries. The book undertakes constructive philosophical theology in dialogue with Novak. Exploring the interrelated doctrines of divine providence/theonomy, the image of God, and natural law, Levering places Novak's work in conversation especially with Thomas Aquinas, whose approach fosters a rich dialogue with Novak's broadly Maimonidean perspective. It focuses upon the relationship of human beings to the Creator, with attention to the philosophical entailments of Jewish and Christian covenantal commitments, aiming to spell out what true freedom involves. It concludes by asking whether Christians and Jews would do better to bracket our covenantal commitments in pursuing such wisdom. Drawing upon Novak's work, the author argues that in the face of suffering and death, God's covenantal election makes possible hope, lacking which the quest for wisdom runs aground. --From publisher's description
Aquinas the Augustinian by Michael Dauphinais( )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and held by 1,177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jesus and the demise of death : resurrection, afterlife, and the fate of the Christian by Matthew Levering( )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What happens after death to Jesus and to those who follow him? This book offers a constructive theology that seeks to answer that very question, carefully considering both Jesus' descent into hell and eventual resurrection as integral parts of a robust vision of the Christian bodily resurrection. Taking on the claims of N T Wright and Richard B Hays, Matthew Levering draws strongly upon the work of Thomas Aquinas to propose a radical reconstruction of Christian eschatological theology -- one that takes seriously the profound ways in which Christianity and its beatific vision have been enriched by Platonic thought and emphasises the role of the Church community in the passage from life to death. In so doing, Levering underscores the hope in eternal life for Jesus' followers and gives readers firm and fruitful soil upon which to base conversations about the Christian's future."--Back cover
Reading Romans with St. Thomas Aquinas by Matthew Levering( )

9 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 853 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"St. Thomas Aquinas produced his Commentary on the Romans near the end of his life while working on the Summa theologiae and commenting on Aristotle. The doctrinal richness of Paul's Letter to the Romans was well known to the church fathers, including Origen and Augustine, on whom Aquinas drew for his commentary. With this rich collection of essays by leading scholars, both Catholic and Protestant, Aquinas's commentary will become a major resource for ecumenical biblical and theological discussion. Authored by theologians, historians, and biblical scholars, Reading Romans with St. Thomas Aquinas contributes to a historical reconstruction of Aquinas's exegesis and theology by addressing such topics as: the Holy Spirit, the Church, the faith of Abraham, worship, preaching, justification, sin and grace, predestination, Paul's apostolic vocation, the Jewish people, human sexuality, the relationship of flesh and spirit in the human person, the literal sense of Scripture, Paul's use of the Old Testament, and the relationship of Aquinas's commentary on Romans to his Summa theologiae. This volume fits within the contemporary reappropriation of St. Thomas Aquinas, which emphasizes his use of Scripture and the teachings of the church fathers without neglecting his philosophical insight."--Publisher's description
Biblical natural law : a theocentric and teleological approach by Matthew Levering( )

21 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Natural law theory is controversial today because it presumes that there is a stable 'human nature' that is subject to a 'law.' How do we know that 'human nature' is stable and not ever-evolving? How can we expect 'law' not to constrict human freedom and potential? Furthermore if there is a 'law, ' there must be a lawgiver. Matthew Levering argues that natural law theory makes sense only within a broader worldview, and that the Bible sketches both such a persuasive worldview and an account of natural law that offers an exciting portrait of the moral life. Biblical Nature Law provides both an introduction to natural law theory and a compelling challenge to re-think current scholarship on the topic."--Jacket
An introduction to Vatican II as an ongoing theological event by Matthew Levering( )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contemporary scholars often refer to "the event of Vatican II," but what kind of an event was it? In this first book of the new CUA Press series Sacra Doctrina, Matthew Levering leads his readers to see the Council as a "theological event" -- a period of confirming and continuing God's self-revelation in Christ into a new historical era for the Church. This is an introduction to Vatican II with a detailed summary of each of its four central documents -- the dogmatic constitutions -- followed by explanations of how to interpret them. In contrast to other introductions, which pay little attention to the theological soil in which the documents of Vatican II germinated, Levering offers a reading of each conciliar Constitution in light of a key theological author from the era: René Latourelle, SJ for Dei Verbum (persons and propositions); Louis Bouyer, CO for Sacrosanctum Concilium (active participation); Yves Congar, OP for Lumen Gentium (true and false reform); and Henri de Lubac, SJ for Gaudium et Spes (nature and grace). This theological event is "ongoing," Levering demonstrates, by tracing in each chapter the theological debates that have stretched from the close of the council till the present, and the difficulties the Church continues to encounter in encouraging an ever deeper participation in Jesus Christ on the part of all believers. In this light, the book's final chapter compares the historicist (Massimo Faggioli) and Christological (Robert Imbelli) interpretations of Vatican II, arguing that historicism can undermine the Council's fundamental desire for a reform and renewal rooted in Christ. The conclusion addresses the concerns about secularization and loss of faith raised after the Council by Henri de Lubac, Joseph Ratzinger, and Yves Congar, arguing that contemporary Vatican II scholarship needs to take these concerns more seriously. -- Provided by publisher
Participatory Biblical exegesis : a theology of Biblical interpretation by Matthew Levering( )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary's bodily Assumption by Matthew Levering( )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Mary's Bodily Assumption, Matthew Levering presents a contemporary explanation and defense of the Catholic doctrine of Mary's bodily Assumption. He asks: How does the Church justify a doctrine that does not have explicit biblical or first-century historical evidence to support it? With the goal of exploring this question more deeply, he divides his discussion into two sections, one historical and the other systematic. Levering's historical section aims to retrieve the rich Mariological doctrine of the mid-twentieth century. He introduces the development of Mariology in Catholic Magisterial documents, focusing on Pope Pius XII's encyclical Munificentissimus Deus of 1950, in which the bodily Assumption of Mary was dogmatically defined, and two later Magisterial documents, Vatican II's Lumen Gentium and Pope John Paul II's Redemptoris Mater. Levering addresses the work of the neo-scholastic theologians Joseph Duhr, Aloïs Janssens, and Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange before turning to the great theologians of the nouvelle théologie --Karl Rahner, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Louis Bouyer, Joseph Ratzinger--and their emphasis on biblical typology. Using John Henry Newman as a guide, Levering organizes his systematic section by the three pillars of the doctrine on which Mary's Assumption rests: biblical typology, the Church as authoritative interpreter of divine revelation under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the fittingness of Mary's Assumption in relation to the other mysteries of faith. Levering's ecumenical contribution is a significant engagement with Protestant biblical scholars and theologians; it is also a reclamation of Mariology as a central topic in Catholic theology. (Publisher)
Paul in the Summa theologiae by Matthew Levering( )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The betrayal of charity : the sins that sabotage divine love by Matthew Levering( )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Love was at one time a powerfully unifying force among Christians. In his letters, Paul consistently evokes charity as the avenue to both human and divine communion. If the magnitude of charity was of the utmost importance to early Christians, so were those sins that aimed to distract Christians from acting based on love. Taking seriously the efforts of Paul, and later Thomas Aquinas, to expose and root out the sins against charity, Matthew Levering reclaims the centrality of love for moral, and in fact all theology. As Levering argues, the practice of charity leads to inner joy and peace as well as outward mercy, good will, and unity with God and neighbor. The sins against charity--hatred, sloth, envy, discord and contention, schism, war and strife, and sedition and scandal--threaten loves concrete effects by rebelling against dependence on God and undermining interdependence on others. The Betrayal of Charity seriously considers the consequences of each of the sins against love, compelling individuals and communities to recognize their own loss of charity. In doing so, Levering fosters a spirit of restoration and reminds readers that love--not the sins against it--will have the last word."--Publisher's description
Scripture and metaphysics : Aquinas and the renewal of Trinitarian theology by Matthew Levering( Book )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this major contribution to contemporary theological and philosophical debates, Matthew Levering bridges the gap between scriptural and metaphysical approaches to the triune God. Levering's argument rests upon St. Thomas Aquinas's understanding of theology as contemplative wisdom. Taking us through Aquinas's theology of God as One and Three, he demonstrates that Trinitarian theology should be a spiritual exercise assisting our movement from self- to God-centeredness. Crucial to the spiritual exercise is the contemplative appropriation of biblical revelation, which, Levering argues, has to be joined to a correspondingly rich metaphysical analysis if the "God" who is revealed is to be understood in a non-idolatrous fashion. In chapters that broadly follow the structure of Aquinas's treatise on God in his Summa Theologiae, Levering engages with a wide range of contemporary theologians, biblical exegetes, and philosophers
Ezra & Nehemiah by Matthew Levering( Book )

15 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume, like each in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible, is designed to serve the church through aid in preaching, teaching, study groups, and so forth and demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible. - Publisher. This commentary employs the template of "holy people and holy land" that Michael Dauphinais and I put forward as a way of understanding the unity withing diversity of the biblical story from Genesis to Revelation. The commentary suggests that the books of Ezra and Nehemiah are best appropriated and understood in the light of other biblical texts. My commentary is distinguished by how it approaches the meaning of history itself : the non-chronological relationships through which past, present, and future human beings share in different ways in the same realities. - Introduction
The theology of Augustine : an introductory guide to his most important works by Matthew Levering( Book )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Most theology students realize Augustine is tremendously influential on the Christian tradition as a whole, but they generally lack real knowledge of his writings. This volume introduces Augustine's theology through seven of his most important works. Matthew Levering begins with a discussion of Augustine's life and times and then provides a full survey of the argument of each work with bibliographical references for those who wish to go further. --
The Oxford handbook of the trinity( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This handbook surveys the complex history of Trinitarian theology and reveals the Nicene unity still at work among Christians today despite ecumenical differences. Contributors examine doctrinal developments and variations from biblical times to the present day
Sacrifice and community : Jewish offering and Christian Eucharist by Matthew Levering( )

18 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book explores the character of the Eucharist as communion in and through sacrifice. Drawing on Jewish reflection upon the aqedah (the near-sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham in Genesis), as well as on other critical analyses of sacrifice in Scripture, the book shows that communion is not possible without the reconciliation attained by sacrificial self-giving love. Following the insights of St. Thomas Aquinas, the author argues that all aspects of Eucharistic theology, including metaphysical doctrines such as transubstantiation, depend upon recognizing that communion cannot be separated from its sacrificial context." "The book will stimulate discussion because of its controversial critique of the dominant paradigm for Eucharistic theology, its reclamation of St. Thomas Aquinas's theology of the Eucharist, and its response to Pope John Paul II's Ecclesia de Eucharistia."--BOOK JACKET
Holy people, holy land : a theological introduction to the bible by Michael Dauphinais( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Provides a much-needed focus on scripture's theological meaning as a basis for instruction in Christian doctrine. Inspired by St. Augustine, Dauphinais and Levering read the Bible theologically"--William Kurz, Marquette University
The Trinity : an introduction to Catholic doctrine on the Triune God by Gilles Emery( )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Representing the highest quality of scholarship, Gilles Emery offers a much-anticipated introduction to Catholic doctrine on the Trinity. His extensive research combined with lucid prose provides readers a resource to better understand the foundations of Trinitarian reflection. The book is addressed to all who wish to benefit from an initiation to Trinitarian doctrine
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Biblical natural law : a theocentric and teleological approach
Ressourcement Thomism : sacred doctrine, the Sacraments, and the moral life : essays in honor of Romanus Cessario, O.P.Reading John with St. Thomas Aquinas : theological exegesis and speculative theologyJewish-Christian dialogue and the life of wisdom : engagements with the theology of David NovakAquinas the AugustinianJesus and the demise of death : resurrection, afterlife, and the fate of the ChristianBiblical natural law : a theocentric and teleological approachParticipatory Biblical exegesis : a theology of Biblical interpretationThe betrayal of charity : the sins that sabotage divine love
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Levering Matthew Webb

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Matthew Levering American theologian

Matthew Levering Amerikaans universitair docent (1971-)

Matthew Levering teólogo estadounidense

Webb Levering, Matthew 1971-

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