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Ambrosiaster's Commentary on the Pauline Epistles: Romans
translated by Theodore S. de Bruyn
introduction and notes by Theodore S. de Bruyn
introduction by Stephen A. Cooper and David G. Hunter
SBL Press, 2017
Cloth: 978-0-88414-259-1 | eISBN: 978-0-88414-258-4 | Paper: 978-1-62837-195-6
Library of Congress Classification BR65.A323C5613 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 227.07


A new translation for scholars and students of biblical interpretation and ancient Christianity

The ancient writer dubbed Ambrosiaster was a pioneer in the revival of interest in the Pauline Epistles in the later fourth century. He was read by Latin writers, including Pelagius and Augustine, and his writings, passed on pseudonymously, had a long afterlife in the biblical commentaries, theological treatises, and canonical literature of the medieval and the early modern periods. In addition to his importance as an interpreter of scripture, Ambrosiaster provides unique perspectives on many facets of Christian life in Rome, from the emergence of clerical celibacy to the development of liturgical practices to the subordination of women.


  • An up-to-date overview of what is known about Ambrosiaster, the transmission of his commentary on the Pauline Epistles, his exegetical method, his theological orientation, and aspects of Christianity in Rome in the fourth century

  • A scholarly translation of the final version of the commentary, along with notes that identify significant variants from prior versions of the commentary

  • Bibliography thatincludes a comprehensive list of the scholarly literature on Ambrosiaster

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