De unione Verbi Incarnati, a work by St. Thomas Aquinas dating to some time between 1268-73, has never been translated into English and published in book form—that is, until now. Dr. Roger Nutt, Associate Professor of Theology at Ave Maria University, was in Michigan this past weekend to celebrate the launch of his translation and introduction of the text, Thomas Aquinas: “De unione Verbi incarnati”.
During Nutt’s research on the Third Part of Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae, he often came across references to the De unione. He decided to undertake a translation of the text because it was it would make “an immediate contribution” to scholarship on Aquinas. “This is the first time,” Nutt said, “this work is in print in English and accessible for those who do not read Latin.” The book includes a critical Latin text, which was recently prepared by German scholars Klaus Obenauer and Walter Senner, and the Italian medievalist Barbara Bartocci.
Nutt’s translation is the twenty-first volume in the Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations series, published by Peeters Publishers in Belgium. The book launch was hosted by the University of Dallas in conjunction with the 50thInternational Congress on Medieval Studies at the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Nutt reported that the reception was well attended—“in fact, it was standing room only, with students and scholars representing several dozen institutions.”
The disputed question De unione Verbi Incarnati (On the union of the Incarnate Word) is essentially Aquinas’ treatment of the Incarnation, the revelation that the “Word became flesh.” To aid students and scholars who “are not at home in the thirteenth century” or who find the metaphysics of the Incarnation “daunting,” Nutt has included in his translation of De unione an over 80-page introduction. The introduction serves as a “self-contained handbook and guide to the five articles,” Nutt explained, including sections on speculative Christology, the dating of De unione, definitions of key philosophical terms, an examination of Aquinas’ sources, a summary of each of the five articles of the disputed question, and an evaluation of contemporary critiques of Thomas’s various treatments of Christ’s esse.
Dr. Roger Nutt came to Ave Maria University in 2009. He has been Director of the M.A. Program in Theology at Ave Maria University since 2011, and he is Co-Director of the Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal. He is also Managing Editor of Thomistica.net. Nutt’s research interests include: christology, sacramental and liturgical theology, the theology of Charles Cardinal Journet, and the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. His publications have appeared in Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Louvain Studies, Antiphon, Gregorianum, The Josephinum Journal of Theology, and Angelicum.