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Origen and the History of Justification: The Legacy of Origen's Commentary on Romans (Hardback)
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Origen and the History of Justification: The Legacy of Origen's Commentary on Romans (Hardback)

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Standard accounts of the history of interpretation of ""Paul's Letter to the Romans"" often begin with St. Augustine. As Thomas P. Scheck demonstrates, however, the Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans by Origen of Alexandria (185-254 CE) was a major work of Pauline exegesis which, by means of the Latin translation preserved in the West, had a significant influence on the Christian exegetical tradition.Scheck begins by exploring Origen's views on justification and on the intimate connection of faith and post-baptismal good works as essential to justification. He traces the enormous influence ""Origen's Commentary on Romans"" had on later theologians in the Latin West, including the ways in which theologians often appropriated Origen's exegesis in their own work. Scheck analyzes in particular the reception of Origen by Pelagius, Augustine, William of St. Thierry, Erasmus, Cornelius Jansen, the Anglican Bishop Richard Montagu, and the Catholic lay apologist John Heigham, as well as Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, and other Protestant Reformers who harshly attacked Origen's interpretation as fatally flawed. But as Scheck shows, theologians through the post-Reformation controversies of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries studied and engaged Origen extensively, even if not always in agreement.An important work in patristics, biblical interpretation, and historical theology, ""Origen and the History of Justification"" establishes the formative role played by Origen's Pauline exegesis, while also contributing to our understanding of the theological issues surrounding justification in the western Christian tradition.

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
ISBN: 9780268041281
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 603 g
Dimensions: 233 x 161 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"In "Origen and the History of Justification" Thomas Scheck provides a valuable and well-researched study of an important topic. I find this work very helpful for both students of Christian historical theology, especially in medieval and reformation studies, and for an ongoing ecumenical dialogue. . . . Thomas Scheck prepares us to find Origen as a living partner in a dialogue about grace and divinization that is of both historical and contemporary significance." --"Sixteenth Century Journal"


." . . This book is to be applauded for its boldness: any study courageous enough to attempt to survey a doctrine as controversial as justification in the western tradition and which makes that attempt via largely self-contained analyses of some of the West's major theological thinkers and writers is bound--almost by definition--to be a contribution to the field. Second, this book provides a service for scholars by assembling such a significant portion of the essential primary evidence for the crucial issue of justification into one volume." --"Augustiniana"


"An important work in patristics, biblical interpretation, and historical theology, "Origen and the History of Justification" establishes the formative role played by Origen's Pauline exegesis, while also contributing to our understanding of the theological issues surrounding justification in the western Christian tradition." --"Vigiliae Christianae"


." . . This book . . . deserves to be described as a work of mature scholarship. It focuses on Origen's interpretation of what St. Paul said about justification in his Letter to the Romans. . . . Scheck has convincingly shown that Origen's exegesis of Romans and his interpretation of Paul on justification are well worth the attention of scholars and serious students engaged in those disciplines." --"Religious Studies Review"


An important work in patristics, biblical interpretation, and historical theology, "Origen and the History of Justification" establishes the formative role played by Origen s Pauline exegesis, while also contributing to our understanding of the theological issues surrounding justification in the western Christian tradition. "Vigiliae Christianae" "


. . . This book . . . deserves to be described as a work of mature scholarship. It focuses on Origen s interpretation of what St. Paul said about justification in his Letter to the Romans. . . . Scheck has convincingly shown that Origen s exegesis of Romans and his interpretation of Paul on justification are well worth the attention of scholars and serious students engaged in those disciplines. "Religious Studies Review""


. . . This book is to be applauded for its boldness: any study courageous enough to attempt to survey a doctrine as controversial as justification in the western tradition and which makes that attempt via largely self-contained analyses of some of the West s major theological thinkers and writers is bound almost by definition to be a contribution to the field. Second, this book provides a service for scholars by assembling such a significant portion of the essential primary evidence for the crucial issue of justification into one volume. "Augustiniana""


In "Origen and the History of Justification" Thomas Scheck provides a valuable and well-researched study of an important topic. I find this work very helpful for both students of Christian historical theology, especially in medieval and reformation studies, and for an ongoing ecumenical dialogue. . . . Thomas Scheck prepares us to find Origen as a living partner in a dialogue about grace and divinization that is of both historical and contemporary significance. "Sixteenth Century Journal""


"An important work in patristics, biblical interpretation, and historical theology, Origen and the History of Justification establishes the formative role played by Origen's Pauline exegesis, while also contributing to our understanding of the theological issues surrounding justification in the western Christian tradition." --Vigiliae Christianae


"This book . . . deserves to be described as a work of mature scholarship. It focuses on Origen's interpretation of what St. Paul said about justification in his Letter to the Romans. . . . Scheck has convincingly shown that Origen's exegesis of Romans and his interpretation of Paul on justification are well worth the attention of scholars and serious students engaged in those disciplines." --Religious Studies Review


"This book is to be applauded for its boldness: any study courageous enough to attempt to survey a doctrine as controversial as justification in the western tradition and which makes that attempt via largely self-contained analyses of some of the West's major theological thinkers and writers is bound--almost by definition--to be a contribution to the field. Second, this book provides a service for scholars by assembling such a significant portion of the essential primary evidence for the crucial issue of justification into one volume." --Augustiniana


"In Origen and the History of Justification Thomas Scheck provides a valuable and well-researched study of an important topic. I find this work very helpful for both students of Christian historical theology, especially in medieval and reformation studies, and for an ongoing ecumenical dialogue. . . . Thomas Scheck prepares us to find Origen as a living partner in a dialogue about grace and divinization that is of both historical and contemporary significance." --Sixteenth Century Journal

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