Old Testament Commentaries

In the Old Testament Commentaries St. Thomas has a style similar to his commentaries on the Gospels and the Pauline epistles. Uniquely, the Old Testament Commentaries are spaced generously throughout the entirety of St. Thomas’s life, ranging from the beginning of St. Thomas’s academic career to shortly before his death. Because the Old Testament Commentaries span St. Thomas’s career, they show the development of his ability to comment on Scripture.

In the early Old Testament Commentaries St. Thomas is primarily concerned with exploring the literal meaning of the texts. Even so he provides clear insights into the texts that he comments upon. Though the number of texts that he chooses to comment upon is limited, these Old Testament Commentaries are an important part of his works.

Vol. 30: Psalms
STATUS:    Translating
TRANSLATOR:    Sr. Albert Marie Surmanski, O. P.
SOURCE TEXTS:    Parma 1863 edition, Busa 1980 edition
This volume contains St. Thomas’s commentaries on the Psalms. Aquinas commented on Psalms 1-54.
Vol. 31: Jeremiah, Lamentations and Isaiah
STATUS:    Editing for Publication
TRANSLATORS:    Ben Martin, Mark Foudy, Louis St. Hilaire
SOURCE TEXTS:    Parma 1863 edition, Leonine 1974 edition
This volume contains St. Thomas’s commentaries Jeremiah, Lamentations and Isaiah, along with two of his expositions: “Rigans Montes de Superioribus”, based on PS 103:13, and “”Hic est Liber Mandatorum Dei”, based on Bar 4:1. These commentaries explore the intricacies of this handful of Old Testament books.
Vol. 32: Job
STATUS:    In Print
TRANSLATOR:    Fr. Brian Mullady
SOURCE TEXTS:    Leonine 1965 edition
This volume of the Old Testament Commentaries is devoted to St. Thomas’s commentary on the book of Job. St. Thomas delves into the question of God’s providence while he comments on Job using all four senses of scripture.