b. 1221 – d. July 15, 1274 • Bishop • Mystic • Philosopher • Theologian
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Bonaventure, St
Bonaventure, St (c. 1217–74). *Franciscan theologian, ‘Doctor seraphicus’. An Italian by birth, Giovanni di Fidanza studied in the Faculty of Arts in the University of *Paris. Probably in 1243 he entered the Franciscan Order and then studied theology under *Alexander of Hales. In 1248 he began to teach
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Bonaventura, Giovanni Di Fidanza (1217–74)
Bonaventura, Giovanni di Fidanza (1217–74)The ‘Seraphic Doctor’ was born in 1217 in Bagnoregio in central Italy at a peak moment in the early development of the *Franciscan Order. Although it is unlikely that Bonaventura ever met St Francis of Assisi, the significance of Bonaventura’s theology cannot
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Seraphic Doctor, The
seraphic doctor, the. St. Bonaventure; he became Minister-General of the Franciscans in 1256. [See Franciscans.]
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Bonaventure, Saint
Bonaventure, Saint(originally Giovanni di Fidanza) (1217–74), prominent medieval theologian, minister general of the Franciscan order, and cardinal bishop of Albano, born in Bagnoregio, Papal States (now Italy); received master of arts degree from Univ. of Paris 1243; joined Franciscan order, took name
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Bonaventure, St.
Bonaventure (St.).—Surnamed “Doctor Seraphicus”; Franciscan, distinguished for his learning and piety. He was born in 1221, at Bagnarea, in Tuscany, and was educated at the University of Paris, where, as early as 1253, he obtained a professorship of theology, and at the age of thirty-five years he became
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Bonaventure (1221–74). Main theologian of the first Franciscan generation, also known as the Seraphic Doctor. He studied at the University of Paris under ⇒Alexander of Hales, the first Franciscan professor of that university—since Alexander was already a professor when he decided to become Franciscan.
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BonaventuraBonaventura (c. 1217–1274) was a prolific writer, and practiced rigorous asceticism. He drew on Peter Lombard and the mystics for much of his theology. On the Trinity he tended to follow Augustine and Richard of St. Victor. He studied in the University of Paris, and entered the Franciscan
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Bonaventure, St.
Bonaventure, St. (1217–1274). Bonaventure was an Italian-born Franciscan theologian who rose to lead that order and write the official biography of its founder, *Francis of Assisi. On the great intellectual issues of his day, Bonaventure was a conservative and aligned himself with *Augustine of Hippo
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Bonaventure (1221–74). A Franciscan scholastic theologian and doctor of the church (Seraphicus) canonized in 1482. Born near Viterbo, in Tuscany, and baptized John Fidanza, around 1234 he began studying theology under Alexander of Hales in Paris, where he taught from 1248 to 1255. In 1256 he was appointed
New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic
Bonaventura (1221–74)
BONAVENTURA (1221–74)Bonaventura was a *scholastic theologian, born in Tuscany, who became the greatest *Franciscan mystic after St Francis himself. Earning the MA degree at Paris, he joined the order (1243) and studied under some of its most renowned scholars, including Alexander of Hales (c. 1170–1245).
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BONAVENTURA (1221–1274)Philosopher, theologian, and mysticBorn Giovanni Fidanza of Bagnorea in Tuscany, Bonaventura possessed one of the outstanding minds of the Middle Ages. He has been called the second founder of the Franciscan order, which he joined about 1238. He studied under Alexander of Hales