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Romans: Interpreted by Early Christian Commentators
Burns Jr., J. Patout

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012 pp. xxviii + 428. $46.00

Series Information
The Church's Bible


Description: The Church's Bible series serves to bring the rich classical tradition of biblical interpretation to life. Compiled, translated, and edited by leading scholars, these volumes draw extensively from early and medieval commentators, illuminating Holy Scripture as it was understood during the first millennium of Christian history. Designed for clergy, Bible teachers, men and women in religious communities, and all serious students of Scripture, The Church's Bible will lead contemporary readers into the inexhaustible spiritual and theological world of the early church and hence of the Bible itself. This Church's Bible volume brings together select lengthy excerpts from early Christian writings on Romans, Paul's most comprehensive statement of Christian teaching. J. Patout Burns Jr. has judiciously chosen extended passages from such church fathers as Origen, Rufinus, Pelagius, Chrysostom, Ambrosiaster, Augustine, and Theodoret, enabling readers today to benefit from the church's rich treasure trove of commentary on Paul's Letter to the Romans. Covering the first five hundred years of Christian history, this volume incorporates new translations made from the best texts currently available. Both Burns's pastoral sensitivity and his extensive study of patristics shine through his selection of ancient passages, which run the full gamut of perspectives on Romans. Each passage is relevant and applicable to our current understanding and living of the Christian life, not just historically valuable. This volume -- and the entire Church's Bible series -- will be welcomed by preachers, teachers, students, and general readers alike.

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

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Review by Daniel Patte
Published 4/2/2015
Citation: Daniel Patte, review of J. Patout Burns Jr., Romans: Interpreted by Early Christian Commentators, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


Review by Adam Ployd
Published 4/2/2015
Citation: Adam Ployd, review of J. Patout Burns Jr., Romans: Interpreted by Early Christian Commentators, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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