Luis De leon-The names of Christ is a master piece of the Golden Age of Spain. Written in the style of a pastoral novel, the work is a meditation on the philosophical and theological significance or the names of Christ. Based on a careful examination of ten names given Christ in the Scriptures, the book reflects the elements of Augustinian, Jewish, and Islamic spirituality that were part of the sixteenth century Spain.
Luis de Leon was born in 1527 in Belmonte, a small village in the Castile region of Spain. An Augustinian friar, a brilliant professor, an artful poet, he was a true Renaissance man whose vision of the fullness of Christ sustained himin the face of persecution at the hands of the Inquisition and infused his writing witha sensitivity that has made The Names of Christ a treasure of Spanish literature and a classic of Catholic mysticism.