Romans (#06 in Sacra Pagina Series)
While widely acknowledged as an influential document in Christian history, ^Paul's Letter to the Romans has also attracted considerable comment. ^Standing at the head of Paul's writings in the New Testament, Romans has ^presented Paul to generations of readers: from...
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While widely acknowledged as an influential document in Christian history, ^Paul's Letter to the Romans has also attracted considerable comment. ^Standing at the head of Paul's writings in the New Testament, Romans has ^presented Paul to generations of readers: from Augustine in the 5th ^century, through the Reformation era, down to the present day. This ^commentary adopts a literary-rhetorical approach, viewing the letter as an ^instrument of persuasion designed to transform readers through a ^celebratory presentation of the Gospel.^Reflecting upon the fate of the Jews and Gentiles, Paul wins his audience ^to a vision of a God who always acts inclusively. The God who, in the ^person of Israel's Messiah (Jesus), has acted faithfully to include the ^Gentile peoples within the community of salvation, will not fail to see to ^the eventual inclusion of Israel as well. In the victory of grace ^displayed already in the risen humanity of Jesus, the original design of ^the Creator for human communities and the world begins to come true.^The interpretation of Paul's letter to Rome has accompanied and stimulated ^the path of Christian theology down to today. This volume touches upon ^virtually all the main issues of Christian theology, as well as ^presentiong an introduction to Paul and his Gospel through the letter, ^allowing Christians today to hear his voice as powerfully as it has spoken ^to past generations.
Byrne facilitates full access to Paul and his Gospel through the letter.
Touching upon all major theological themes, Paul's letter to the Romans has been the single most influential document in the Christian tradition.
Brendan Byrne, SJ, is professor of New Testament at Jesuit Theological College, Parkville, Victoria, Australia. A member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission (1990-96) and Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2000-), he is the author of nine books and editor in chief of the theological journal Pacifica.