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Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans

Peter Abelard

Publication Year: 2012

Despite its importance and the frequent references made to it by modern scholars, this commentary has never before been translated into English in its entirety. This volume, which includes an extensive introduction, fills this gap, thus providing a needed contribution to medieval scholarship.

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

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pp. v-

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pp. vii-viii

I began translating Abelard’s Romans commentary as part of my dissertation work in 1995. Consequently I owe my dissertation committee a debt of thanks for their encouragement, particularly Dr. Rozanne Elder, Dr. David N. Bell, and the late Dr. Otto Gründler....


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pp. ix-xiv

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pp. xv-

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pp. 3-84

Peter Abelard’s commentary on the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans is one of the more notorious works of medieval biblical exegesis and theology, on account of both its content and its methodology. Both of...

Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans

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pp. 85-90

ALL OF DIVINE scripture aims at either teaching or exhorting in the manner of a rhetorical speech;1 for it teaches while it proclaims what must be done or avoided, but it exhorts with its holy admonitions, either by dissuading when it turns...

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Book One

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pp. 91-159

AUL. FOLLOWING the custom of those who write epistles, he who encourages them to true salvation places the greeting at the beginning. He prefixes this greeting with certain things that he adds, as it were in place of a preface, through which he might in a few words make those who were attentive either...

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Book Two

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pp. 160-236

BUT WE KNOW [that whatever the law says, it says] . . . The Apostle returns to the invective against the Jews, so that just as he took away from them boasting in circumcision, he also takes away boasting in the law or any carnal observances, lest perhaps...

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Book Three

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pp. 237-287

SPEAK IN a human way, as if he should say: And now, because you have been freed from the yoke of sin and have been handed over to the obedience of righteousness, I speak by exhorting you to persist in it. And because I observe that you are...

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Book Four

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pp. 288-400

BUT IT IS NOT that [the word of God] failed. Perhaps someone might say: And how were the divine promises made to the Israelites, which that people, always rebellious towards God and now thoroughly convicted by him, cannot obtain because...


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pp. 401-419

General Index

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pp. 420-425

Index of Holy Scripture

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pp. 420-425

Index of Classical and Patristic Citations

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pp. 426-428

E-ISBN-13: 9780813219172
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813218601

Page Count: 456
Publication Year: 2012

Edition: 1
Series Title: The fathers of the church. Mediaeval continuation ;

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  • Bible. N.T. Romans -- Commentaries -- Early works to 1800.
  • Abelard, Peter, 1079-1142. Expositio in Epistolam ad Romanos.
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