Vol. 38 No. 1 (2018): Back to Ancient Questions? / Tornare alle domande degli Antichi?

Covenant Lawsuits and Repentance: Albert the Great on Isaiah 1-3

Stefano Perfetti
Dipartimento di Civiltà e Forme del Sapere, Università di Pisa

Published 2018-07-23


  • Albert the Great,
  • book of Isaiah,
  • biblical lawsuits,
  • repentance,

How to Cite

Perfetti, S. (2018). Covenant Lawsuits and Repentance: Albert the Great on Isaiah 1-3. Teoria. Rivista Di Filosofia, 38(1), 61–74. https://doi.org/10.4454/teoria.v38i1.31


The paper focus on the first three chapters of Isaiah. After recalling the results of modern biblical scholarship on the use of legal and forensic jargon in Isaiah (§ 1) and giving a thumbnail sketch of the traditions of Latin Christian exegesis in the Middle Ages (§ 2), I will examine passages of the commentary on Isaiah written by Dominican theologian Albert the Great in the 13th century (§ 3). The aim is to evaluate to what extent the concerns of the original biblical text, when filtered through the Latin Vulgate and through Christian foresight, are captured by the medieval exegete, to what extent Albert is able to understand the peculiar theme of the self-awareness of the history of Israel in the form of a legal contention between God and His people.