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Annotations on Romans

Annotations on Romans: Volume 56

General Editor Robert D. Sider
edited by Robert D. Sider
John B. Payne
Albert Rabil
Robert D. Sider
Warren S. Smith
Volume: 56
Copyright Date: 1994
Pages: 480
  • Book Info
    Annotations on Romans
    Book Description:

    The Annotations of Erasmus are designed for those who wish to take the study of the Bible seriously. Erasmus himself declared as much: his Annotations were not written, he implied, to provide pleasant diversions or popular entertainment. They were a work of genuine biblical scholarship. They brought to bear on theological issues of the day the light of Scripture interpreted from its own historical and literary contexts -- often with disturbing clarity. They are, moreover, replete with that Erasmian irony that so effectively exposed the personal and institutional follies of all parties in the early years of the Reformation.

    Erasmus wrote annotations on all the New Testament books, but among them all the annotations on Romans must hold a special place. The Epistle to the Romans has been understood as the classic theological statement by the Apostle to the gentiles of the terms on which Divine grace embraced all human beings. Besides, centuries of reflection have made Romans a focus of debate on central theological issues -- for example, the relation of the Divine Persons, the predestination of the saints, the doctrine of justification. To such problems the sometimes tortured syntax of the Greek has often obscured the clarity sought from the divine Apostle. Erasmus understood that all discussion of Romans must rest upon a sure grasp of the author's intent. His task, therefore, in the Annotations on Romans was to clarify the text of the Epistle, and so to illuminate the vision of Paul.

    This translation reveals the annotations as a rich storehouse of methodological discussion and semantic analysis, and a fascinating witness to the theological debates of the early sixteenth century.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-7765-4
    Subjects: History

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Preface
    (pp. ix-x)
    Robert D. Sider
  4. Translatorsʹ Note
    (pp. xi-xviii)
    John B. Payne, Albert Rabil Jr, Robert D. Sider and Warren S. Smith Jr
  5. ANNOTATIONS ON THE EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS Annotationes in epistolam ad Romanos
    (pp. 1-438)

    1:1 [er vg]PaulusʹPaul.ʹ There are those who think that Saulʹs name had been changed following his conversion; among¹ these is Ambrose.² St Jerome, however, commenting on the Epistle to Philemon, supposes that he began to be called Paul instead of Saul because of the proconsul Sergius Paulus, the first of all the gentiles whom this apostle gained for Christ, as we read in the thirteenth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.³ Chrysostom⁴ thinks his name was changed by the divine will, like that of the chief of the apostles, who was called Cephas or Peter instead of...

    (pp. 440-444)
    (pp. 445-448)
  8. Index of Biblical and Apocryphal References
    (pp. 449-454)
  9. Index of Classical References
    (pp. 455-456)
  10. Index of Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance References
    (pp. 457-460)
  11. Index of Greek and Latin Words Cited
    (pp. 461-467)
  12. General Index
    (pp. 468-480)