Ambrosiaster on “works of the law”

I’ve been reading Gerald Bray’s excellent translation of Ambrosiaster’s commentary on Romans and 1-2 Corinthians.

In my reading, Ambrosiaster’s description of works of the law really jumps out at you:

In Rom 3:21, Ambrosiaster defines“law” as “law of the sabbath, the circumcision, the new moon, and revenge.” Then in Rom 3:28 he defines “works of the law” as “circumcision or new moons or the veneration of the sabbath.”

Maybe Jimmy Dunn has been channeling a double portion of the spirit of Ambrosiaster all these years.

  • Nijay

    This reminds me of Mark Reasoner’s Romans in Full Circle -I think he examined Ambrosiaster there as well…

  • Scott Irenaeus Watson

    Or the Western Christian theological tradition had drunk from the well of the Augustinian theological tradition (and its trajectory) for so long that it elided this understanding into a “biblical” understanding. Overall, the concerns of the broad Patristic tradition in these matters are in line with the so called NPP, so that it should be termed the real ‘Old Perspective’.


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