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Commentary on the Gospel of John: Chapters 1–21
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Commentary on the Gospel of John: Chapters 1–21


Catholic University of America 2010

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Thomas Aquinas possessed excellent knowledge of the commentaries of Origen, John Chrysostom, and Augustine. On the basis of this foundation, he produced his own commentary on the Gospel of John as part of his task as a Master of the Sacred Page. Considered a landmark theological introduction to the Fourth Gospel, these lectures were delivered to Dominican friars when Aquinas was at the height of his theological powers, when he was also composing the Summa Theologiae. For numerous reasons, the Summa has received far more attention over the centuries than has his Commentary on the Gospel of John. However, scholars today recognize Aquinas’ biblical commentaries as central sources for understanding his theological vision and for appreciating the scope of his Summa Theologiae.

The first English translation of Aquinas’ Commentary on the Gospel of John by Fabian Larcher and James Weisheipl, now long out of print, is available to scholars and students once again with this edition. Published in three volumes simultaneously, it includes a new introduction and notes pointing readers to the links between Aquinas’ biblical commentary and his Summa Theologiae. When a verse from the Gospel of John is directly quoted in the Summa Theologiae, the editors note this in the commentary. Aquinas’ patristic sources, including Origen and Augustine, are carefully identified and referenced to the Patriologia Latina and Patrologia Graeca. The commentary’s connections with Aquinas’ Catena Aurea are also identified.

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Key Features

  • Presents the first English translation of Aquinas’ Commentary on the Gospel of John
  • Includes helpful introductions and notes
  • Offers the best critical texts of of Aquinas’ Commentary
  • Includes indexes of, and cross-references between, Aquinas’ writings and other primary texts


  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 8
  • Chapter 9
  • Chapter 10
  • Chapter 11
  • Chapter 12
  • Chapter 13
  • Chapter 14
  • Chapter 15
  • Chapter 16
  • Chapter 17
  • Chapter 18
  • Chapter 19
  • Chapter 20
  • Chapter 21

Praise for the Print Edition

While the most significant aspect of the publication is Aquinas’ text itself, the introduction and notes provide excellent aides to the reader and enrich the text. Daniel Keating and Matthew Levering contribute a clear and helpful introduction to the translation, providing brief but very useful explanatory notes about early writers and controversies.

—David M. Gallagher, consulting scholar at the James Madison Program, Princeton University

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About the Editors and Translators

Daniel Keating is associate professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Some of his edited and authored works include Aquinas on Doctrine: A Critical Introduction, The Theology of St. Cyril of Alexandria, Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture: First and Second Peter, Jude, and several other volumes.

Matthew Levering is professor of theology at the University of Dayton and is the author or editor of several books, including Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible: Ezra & Nehemiah.

Fabian Larcher (1914–1991) was an ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Church who taught mathematics, philosophy, and theology at various schools and universities throughout the United States.

James Weisheipl (1923–1984) was ordained to the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church in 1949. He earned his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome and his doctorate in history from Oxford. He taught for many years on the Pontifical Faculty of Philosophy in River Forest, Illinois.

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