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Teologi för praktiskt bruk: Frälsningsteologiska perspektiv på Summula av Laurentius av Vaksala
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Church and Mission studies, Ecclesiology.
2014 (Swedish)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to clarify the importance of the history of salvation a medieval priest in Sweden, for his life-style and his duties towards God and his parishioners. The starting-point is the Summa de ministris et sacramentis ecclesiasticis, generally called Summula, an early 14th century manual for parish priests, unique by Swedish standards and composed by Laurentius Olavi (Lars Olofsson), known as Laurentius of Vaksala (c. 1260–1332). The purpose of his work was to make canon law better known to the Swedish clergy in general.

The study shows how the priest’s prescribed way of life – to live in chastity and moderation, with wisdom, hospitality and sobriety – was motivated by the fact that as an ordained minister he was fulfilling a divine task and had to be a role model for his parishioners. Through teaching and preaching, prayer, divine service and administration of the sacraments he guided the people to its heavenly goal.

Thus the priests in mediaeval Sweden lived in a microcosm of Church and parish, and simultaneously in the macrocosm of the history of salvation. This theological theme was expressed in their concrete life and work with their own and their parishioners’ salvation in mind.                  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag, 2014. , 243 p.
, Bibliotheca Theologiae Practicae
Keyword [en]
Summula, Laurentius av Vaksala, Middle Ages, Church province of Uppsala, medieval Sweden, ministry, parish priests, sacraments, pastoral history, pastoral theology, canon law, history of salvation
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-239975ISBN: 978-91-7580-676-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-239975DiVA: diva2:775745
Projekt finansierat av Vetenskapsrådet: "För fattiga och enkla präster". Summula av Laurentius av Vaksala - en handbok från svenskt 1300-tal
Swedish Research Council, 2008-1912
Available from: 2015-01-05 Created: 2015-01-05 Last updated: 2015-01-05

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