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Summa
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“Summa” was first used for a comprehensive literary work in the 12th century. We can hardly use it, however, for the totality, crown, or summary of what is done without further definitions and synonyms such as compendium, epitome, summula, and others. The traditional medieval use occurs in the title of P. Melanchthon’s (1497–1560; Reformers 3.1.1) Corpus doctrinae Christianae; according to the 1571 edition, it is “a summa of Christian doctrine in a short, plain, an…

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Hoye, William J., “Summa”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 06 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_SI.95>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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