Romans Through History and Culture Series Collection (4 Vols.)

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Milkman | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Oct 17 2010 8:55 AM

I'm beginning a study on Romans and thinking of purchasing Early Patristic Readings of Romans by Gaca. Any thoughts on this volumn or the Collection?

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 17 2010 5:36 PM

I don't have the book or collection; someone who has may be better informed to reply.

From the webpage, the book appears to be a fairly technical and informed recent study in how Romans was understood in earliest Christian history. If that's what you want, it will probably be useful. If you have Philip Schaff, The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers (Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, 1997), Vol XI also contains many homilies on Romans so could be a primary resource for your studies.

For a balanced study in Romans, you would also need to cover the reformers' position (influence of Romans on Luther's and Calvin's thinking.) I would also suggest you make yourself aware of the New Perspectives on Paul. Douglas Moo, Encountering the Book of Romans (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2002) would be a good intro.

For general advice, you may be aware of http://www.bestcommentaries.com/best.aspx an opinion on commentaries. They rate Moo's commentary in the NICNT series very highly.

In terms of climbing inside Paul's mindset as he wrote Romans, some (N T Wright etc) suggest that you can trace Israel's journey through Romans, i.e. that there is a narrative structure behind the theological presentation. Worth considering.

HTH

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Chris Thompson | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 17 2010 7:31 PM

Please allow me a comment . I suggest Martin Luther's "Preface to Romans." This is a plea for Logos to include it. (Meanwhile you can Google It)

For me, it helped set the stage for my studies of Romans. ...Remembering that it was while reading Romans that Luther began to see Scripture in a new light.

 I think we would do ourselves a disservice if we didn't consider what he learned that caused such a radical change in his convictions.

 It may have been the ray of sunshine that sparked the reformation.

God Bless you in your studies.

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K.J. | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 18 2010 7:36 AM

Looks very interesting.

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Milford Charles Murray | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 18 2010 3:54 PM

Abi Gail:

Please allow me a comment . I suggest Martin Luther's "Preface to Romans." This is a plea for Logos to include it. (Meanwhile you can Google It)

For me, it helped set the stage for my studies of Romans. ...Remembering that it was while reading Romans that Luther began to see Scripture in a new light.

 I think we would do ourselves a disservice if we didn't consider what he learned that caused such a radical change in his convictions.

 It may have been the ray of sunshine that sparked the reformation.

God Bless you in your studies.

Peace to you, Abi!  And Joy!  *smile*

       Thank you much for referring to Luther's Roman preface.  Actually hadn't read it for a few years now, and it will be good to go back to it.  Actually Logos has it ...  in the appendix of volume 35 of Luther's Works ....    (which I just put into a floating window and will joyfully read it at my leisure!)

Philippians 4:  4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand..........

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Abi Gail | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 18 2010 4:20 PM

Milford Charles Murray:
Actually Logos has it ...  in the appendix of volume 35 of Luther's Works .

 

Peace to you too. Thank you so much for pointing out my error. I can't remember when i've been this pleased to be wrong. I do hope others will take a look. It's not that long. It sure tugged at my heart strings. Smile 

Thanks again And God Bless.

P.S. I feel the need to offer a disclaimer: I do not sanction all that Luther wrote...he was a work in progress. I do admire him more than I can put into words, for admitting that he had been wrong, and devoting the rest of his life attempting to right that wrong.

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