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Ambrosiaster's Commentary on the Pauline Epistles: Romans
Theodore S. De Bruyn, David G. Hunter, Stephen A. Cooper
Publication Date
November 2017


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

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 includes a comprehensive list of the scholarly literature on Ambrosiaster

Theodore de Bruyn is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies in the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is the translator of Pelagius’s Commentary on St Paul’s Epistle to the Romans (Oxford 1993) and the author of a forthcoming monograph on the christianization of amulets in late antique Egypt. He is currently President of the International Association of Patristic Studies.

David G. Hunter is the Cottrill-Rolfes Chair of Catholic Studies in the University of Kentucky. He is the author of Marriage, Celibacy, and Heresy in Ancient Christianity: The Jovinianist Controversy (Oxford 2007) and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies (Oxford 2008). He is currently Editorial Director of The Fathers of the Church series and a general editor of the Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity.

Stephen A. Cooper is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He is the translator of Marius Victorinus’ Commentary on Galatians (Oxford 2005) and the author of Metaphysics and Morals in Marius Victorinus’ Commentary on the Letter to the Ephesians, which includes a translation of the commentary (Peter Lang 1995). He has also published on Augustine and Tertullian.

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