Augustines Commentary on Galatians: Introduction, Text, Translation, and Notes

Paperback | July 14, 2006

byEric Plumer

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Now available in English for the first time, Augustine's Commentary on Galatians is his only complete, formal commentary on any book of the Bible and offers unique insights into his understanding of Paul and of his own task as a biblical interpreter. Yet it is one of his least known workstoday - and this despite its importance in the past for such major figures as Aquinas, Luther, Erasmus, and Newman. The present volume seeks to remedy this situation by providing not only an English translation with facing Latin text, but also a comprehensive introduction and copious notes. SinceGalatians happens to be the only biblical book commented upon by all the ancient Latin commentators - including Jerome, Pelagius, Ambrosiaster, and Marius Victorinus, as well as Augustine - it provides a basis for comparing them and for identifying Augustine's special concerns and emphases.Augustine's Commentary also has crucial links to other works he wrote at the time, especially his monastic rule and De Doctrina Christiana. Augustine's emphasis on Galatians as a pastoral letter designed to preserve and strengthen Christian unity links the commentary to his monastic rule, while hismethod and sources link it to, and indeed pave the way for, the theory of biblical interpretation set forth in the De Doctrina Christiana.

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Now available in English for the first time, Augustine's Commentary on Galatians is his only complete, formal commentary on any book of the Bible and offers unique insights into his understanding of Paul and of his own task as a biblical interpreter. Yet it is one of his least known workstoday - and this despite its importance in the p...

Eric Plumer is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:July 14, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199297096

ISBN - 13:9780199297092

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction1. Date of Composition2. Augustine in Relation to the Other Latin Commentators on Paul in Late Antiquity3. The Purpose of Augustine's Commentary4. Augutine as a Reader of Galatians5. ConclusionsII. Augustine's Commentary on the Letter to Galatians: Text, Translation, and Notes

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