Vigiliae Christianae 63 (2009) 409-423 brill.nl/vc Vigiliae Christianae © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/157007208X363134 Reviews Kathy L. Gaca & L.L. Welborn (eds.), Early Patristic Readings of Romans (Romans Th rough History and Cultures Series), New York-London: T&T Clark 2005, vi + 237 pp., ISBN 978 0567 02931 7, US$ 44.95/£ 22.99. Th is volume consists of the papers and responses presented and debated in the seminar “Romans through History and Culture” of the Society of Bib- lical Literature that lasted from 2000 to 2002. Th e ﬁ rst essay (previously published in Harvard Th eological Review ) by Kathy L. Gaca argues that in Romans 1:18-32 Paul is innovative in supposing that the Gentiles had originally known the Biblical God, and in assessing their polytheism in terms of religious apostasy, for according to contemporaneous Jewish authors Gentiles had never known this God and thus could not be blamed for their idolatry. Professor Gaca demonstrates that Paul’s standpoint was not accepted until Tatian, who identiﬁ ed these Gentiles as the Greeks, or even as the Greek philosophers, and that Paul’s view was elaborated by Athanasius and John Chrysostom. However, Clement of Alexandria and Origen evaluate the Greeks’
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Published: Jan 1, 2009
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