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Romans in Full Circle

A History of Interpretation

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Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date:
9/19/2005
ISBN:
9780664228736
Pages:
224
Trim Size
6 x 9
Product Type:
Paper

The New Testament book of Romans has played an important role in the life of the church from the period of the early church and through to the present day. In this concise survey of the major theological changes associated with Paul's letter, Mark Reasoner focuses on its history and interpretation, particularly through the works of Origen, Augustine, the medieval exegetes, Luther, and Barth. In so doing, he reveals that by a circuitous route, western Christians in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries are returning to reading Romans in ways very similar to Origen's concerns in the third century. This is true particularly in regard to issues of the human will, sensitivity to Jews and Judaism, openness to the possibility of universalism, and a deconstructive reading of the obedience to government passage in Romans 13. Thus, in addition to giving a helpful overview of Romans itself, this book will help readers situate their theological questions within the two thousand-year history of conversations about Paul's letter to Roman believers.

Mark Reasoner is Associate Professor of Theology at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana.


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New Testament Abstracts(Vol. 50, No. 1, 2006)
America(March 13, 2006)
The Catholic Biblical Quarterly(Vol. 68, 2006)"[A]n impressive raodmap of biblical interpretation."--George M. Smiga, St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology, Cleveland, Ohio
Review of Biblical Literature(06/2006)"Reasoner has produced a very helpful book, andwe can only hope to see more books like this cometo publication....We are indeed indebted to Reasoner for a very welcome new kind of study inwhich an expert in historical theology can collectand succinctly present the theological discussionsthat have surrounded certain New Testament textsthroughout the two millenia of the Church's development."--Elliot Maloney, Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, PA
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