Florovsky Paper Abstract 18 - Cornelius à Lapide on Scripture & Tradition: An Early Modern Catholic Biblical Perspective

Feast of the Holy Prophet Elisha

ARGUABLY the most popular and influential Catholic biblical commentator of the Early Modern Period was the Flemish Jesuit Cornelius à Lapide (1567-1637). À Lapide wrote massive commentaries on nearly every book of the Bible and his work was so popular that it continued to be read and republished for approximately three hundred years, even into the 20th century. This presentation will discuss À Lapide’s view of the nature of Scripture and its relationship to Tradition. The paper will show how à Lapide drew on earlier Catholic theologians and was responding to the Reformers when he articulated his understanding of Scripture and Tradition.


Dr. Murray is the Berkel Chair of Theology at the Institute for Faith and Culture in Lawrence, Kansas. After obtaining a Bachelor's degree at Mt. Angel Seminary studying philosophy and preparing for ministry, Dr. Murray received a Master's degree in Theology from Franciscan University of Stuebenville in 2011, a Doctorate in Systematic Theology from Ave Maria University in 2014, and a second PhD in Historical Theology from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) in 2016. Before coming to Lawrence, Dr. Murray was a Postdoctoral Researcher at KU Leuven where he published a number of articles on early modern (1450-1650) Catholic biblical studies. He currently teaches, mentors students, and engages the University of Kansas with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


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