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Reading Romans through the Centuries: From the Early Church to Karl Barth
Greenman, Jeffrey P. and Timothy Larsen, editors

Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2005 pp. 223. $24.99



Description: In the sixteen searing chapters of his Letter to the Romans, Paul gets to the heart of the Law and the gospel, of how human beings can be saved through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and attain eternal life. In the process, he touches upon perennially important topics such as predestination, the role of the Jewish people in salvation history, and the responsibility of Christians to those in authority. Not surprisingly, Romans has been used as cannon fodder in many of the theological disputes that have divided Christendom. Reading Romans through the Centuries brings noted historians and theologians together to discuss how Luther, Aquinas, Calvin, and nine other leading lights of church history understood Romans. Many see Romans as the first truly theological work in the history of the church, and this book shows why it has had such a profound effect on the history of the church.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Romans, Literature

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Review by Mark Elliott
Published 4/28/2007
Citation: Mark Elliott, review of Timothy Larsen And Jeffrey P. Greenman, eds., Reading Romans through the Centuries: From the Early Church to Karl Barth, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


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