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Title: Aquinas and 'Alcuin'
Subtitle: A New Source of the Catena aurea on John
Author(s): ANDRÉE, Alexander , SHARP, Tristan , SHAW, Richard
Journal: Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales
Volume: 83 Issue: 1 Date: 2016
In the Catena aurea Thomas Aquinas brought together commentary extracted from the works of all the major Fathers on the four Gospels. Unknown to him and to all scholars since, however, his citations from Alcuin in the Catena on John did not in fact come from the Northumbrian’s Commentarius. They derive instead from a commentary on John’s Gospel probably compiled by Anselm of Laon in the early twelfth century. This same text, the Glosae super Iohannem, was also the principal source for the so-called Glossa ordinaria on John. Through both the Glossa and the Catena therefore this intriguing text indirectly ensured the continued and widespread influence of Anselm and his teaching throughout the later Middle Ages.