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PITTA Antonio

Romans, The Gospel of God

2020, pp. 324.

While the Christianity of our time seems to be agonizing, the Epistle to the Romans takes up the challenge and relaunches the Gospel as the only answer worthy of consideration. In Romans, God’s passion in Christ for every human person continues to pulsate. The gospel that permeates the letter is always new because God and the human being are deeply involved through Jesus Christ and the active presence of the Spirit. The countless questions that the letter addresses concern every human being, believer and non-believer. A masterpiece like the Epistle to the Romans never fades into oblivion, but always awaits those who, deepening it more and more, see and recognize themselves in it. Epistolary rhetoric is not superfluous, nor a simple decorative discourse, much less it belongs to empty eloquence. On the contrary, epistolary rhetoric is the essential vehicle for content in Romans.

Antonio Pitta is a tenured professor of New Testament exegesis at the Pontifical Lateran University and visiting professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University. One of the most renowned scholars of the Pauline letters, he has published exegetical commentaries on Galatians, Romans, Second Corinthians, ans Philippians. His Bilingual Synopsis of the Pauline Letters is an indispensable tool for students and scholars. A member of the New Testament Society, the Colloquium Oecumenicum Paulinum, Pitta is also vice president of the Italian Biblical Association.