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- DescriptionThis volume completes the first English translation of Rufinus's Latin version of Origen of Alexandria's Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans and contains Origen's detailed exegesis of Romans 6:12-16:27 . Origen's much neglected Commentary , which stands out in splendid isolation at the fountainhead of Greek and Latin exegesis, is w completely accessible to English readers. In Books 6-10 Origen carries through to completion his programme, begun in Books 1-5 , of defending human freedom and of opposing the natural predestinarian doctrine of the sects founded by the Gstic heretics Marcion, Valentinus, and Basilides. These schools relied heavily on texts from Paul, interpreted in isolation from the rest of Scripture, t only to deny free will but to support the doctrine that salvation is determined by the nature one receives at birth, whether good or evil. In contrast Origen clarifies passages in Romans by citations from Paul's other letters, from the Gospels, and from the Old Testament. He attempts to construct a coherent and unified biblical theology. Origen views human beings as chosen or rejected by God deservedly; everyone has it within his own power whether he becomes a servant of God or of sin, a vessel of wrath or of mercy. Whether one sympathises with Origen's interpretations or finds them infuriating, it is difficult t to admire his concordance-like mind at work as he tackles the apostle Paul's greatest epistle. Readers will find interesting and thought-provoking discussions of all the important theological themes and terms of Romans: faith, hope, love, works, justification, election, law, Israel, Gentiles, Church, sin, death, flesh, body, glory, etc. The importance of these discussions is magnified by the fact that they stand alone in their detail and breadth and stem from the Church's most important theologian of the third century. Moreover, because Origen's work was productive in subsequent centuries in Rufinus's Latin translation, the Commentary is of outstanding importance for the history of New Testament exegesis.
- Author BiographyThomas P. Scheck , a graduate student at the University of Iowa, is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Religion and Classics.
- PublisherThe Catholic University of America Press
- Date of Publication30/04/2012
- SubjectChristianity: Bibles & Liturgy
- Series TitleFathers of the Church Series
- Series Part/Volume Number104
- Place of PublicationWashington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe Catholic University of America Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight458 g
- Width133 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Translated byThomas P. Scheck
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