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    Theodore De Bruyn(Author Translator)

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The Pelagian controversy has secured an enduring place for Pelagius in the history of Western Christian thought. Few of Pelagius' writings, however, have been preserved, and until recently none was available in English translation. This volume presents Pelagius' commentary on Romans for the first time in English. The commentary, one of thirteen on the Pauline epistles, dates from the time when Pelagius was active in Rome, before he became embroiled in controversy, but already there are adumbrations of the later debate and signs of different currents of thought in Italy and beyond. In his introduction Theodore de Bruyn discusses the context in which Pelagius wrote the commentary and the issues which shaped his interpretation of Romans. He also takes up questions about the edition of the commentary. The translation is annotated with references to Pelagius' contemporaries, and a new recension of Pelagius' text of Romans is presented in an appendix.

It is very welcome ... to have the good translation of it by de Bruyn, with its admirable introduction and compact but useful notes, available in paperback. It contains much valuable information for the specialist, while at the same time making the Commentary accessible to the general reader. (Maurice Wiles, Journal of Theological Studies 50:2 1999)an essential resource for anyone interested in Pelagius. (Expository Times)

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  • PDF | 248 pages
  • Theodore De Bruyn(Author Translator)
  • Oxford University Press, USA; New Ed edition (16 July 1998)
  • English
  • 6
  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By Brian Griffith on 9 February 2008

    This translation and commentary offers a significant glimpse into early Christianity, written around 400 AD by the articulate churchman Pelagius, who was later denounced for opposing Augustine's doctrine of original sin. Here we have an interpretation of Paul's letters as many early leaders viewed them. Paul's praise of female church leaders is affirmed rather than corrected: "even today women deaconesses in the east are known to minister to their own sex in baptism, or in the ministry of the Word". (p. 150-151) Freedom is upheld as a Christian value, not deplored as a sin. Basically, Pelagius sounds far more like a modern Christian than his detractors. He is also more in tune with the expansive spirit of primitive Christianity.--author of Correcting Jesus: 2000 Years of Changing the Story


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