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The Commentary To Romans: An Introduction To Theology

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Lanfranc's use of the Old Testament was most commonly made to demonstrate the story of a people to whom God's promise was entrusted, but who frequently were not faithful to it. The use of the commentary text as a teaching tool is evident. Lanfranc briefly quoted a section from the Bible, to which he could refer during his lecture to find a fuller explanation of the issue under discussion. Combined with his emphasis upon God's promise and the law in Romans, this supported an intense interconnection between the Old and New Testaments. The Lanfrancian annotations run throughout the entire manuscript, although they are most numerous in the central chapters of Romans (5-9) and sparser in the Corinthians commentary. Romans is the most significant of the Pauline commentaries from the standpoint of Lanfranc's development as a scholar of sacred texts.

Keywords: Bible; commentary text; Lanfranc; manuscript; Romans; theology

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