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Jacques Lefèvre D’Etaples: A Humanist Or A Reformist View Of Paul And His Theology?

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In his by now classic study Jacques Lefèvre D'Étaples et l'intelligence des Écritures, Guy Bedouelle does not devote much attention either to Lefèvre's portrayal of the apostle or to his understanding of Pauline theology. Paul the man is thus a humanist in Lefèvre's view combining the best of the pagan with the best of the Christian. The Epistle to the Laodiceans which Lefèvre prints in the body of his commentary on Colossians does not receive a separate commentary. Beda's objection to Lefèvre's inclusion of Pseudo-Linus focuses on the very thing that Lefèvre wanted to avoid, that is, an implicit challenge of ecclesiastical tradition. Lefèvre's interpretation of the quarrel between Peter and Paul turns out on examination to be as idiosyncratic as his interpretation of Rom. 5 and the original sin.

Keywords: Christian humanist; Colossians; Jacques Lefèvre D'etaples; Laodiceans; Pauline theology; Pseudo-Linus



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