This volume traces the earliest receptions of "Paul's Letter to the Romans", seeking to elucidate their hermeneutical strategies as they endorse, explain, construct, and rework Romans as a normative authority. These early patristic readings of Romans by Clement of Alexandria, Irenaeus, Origen, and others are pivotal. Long before Augustine and Luther they set formative interpretive principles upon which is built the imposing yet diverse edifice of subsequent interpretations and uses of Romans. By the end of the second century CE, the letters of Paul had established themselves as authoritative bearers of divine revelation. Yet the task of tracing the earliest receptions of "Paul's Letter to the Romans" is challenging, because the thought world of the early Christians is remote, molten, largely oral, and as such, hard to trace. The essays in this volume rise to the challenge by explicating significant aspects of Paul's reception among early Christian readers. They ask: how did these readers construct Paul's view of pagan and Christian relations? Of the Gentiles? Of Jewish salvation? Of faith? Of resurrection? Of Christian Platonist principles?
Contributors to this volume demonstrate specific ways in which Romans was appropriated to define the philosophy of Christian Platonism, a development which has had an enduring impact upon the creation of a Christian paideia.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 252
Weight: 375 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
"The book is a welcome addition to "the Romans through History and Culture" series and ably demonstrates the impact of Paul's letter to the Romans upon the theology and culture of certain strains of Christianity in the early patristic period...Each of the essays in the collection and their responses heavily engage both primary and secondary sources. They are intelligent and informed, and as good academic pieces they will surely provoke deep thought and debate. Of particular value is the inclusion of responses to the essays by eminent historians and theologians...the responses in general offer insightful critique, move the discussion forward, and suggest new avenues of research. For those newer to the field, the responses also aid in identifying the leading edges of the arguments." David A. Creech, Review of Biblical Literature, 4/2008--Sanford Lakoff