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Cajetan On Paul

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At the age of fifty-five, the diminutive Italian Dominican Cardinal Tommaso de Vio (1469-1534), known as Cajetan after his birthplace of Gaeta near Naples, decided to become a biblical scholar. He studied Greek and Hebrew, hired expert linguists to assist him ( Jewish as well as Christian), studied the works of contemporary biblical scholars, and spent most of the final decade of his life commenting on nearly all of the New Testament and a good deal of the Old Testament. For Cajetan, the justice of God is part of the theme of the whole of Paul's epistle to the Romans, announced at the outset and unfolded throughout the epistle. In his earlier commentary on the Psalms, he does not hesitate to attribute the letter to the Hebrews to Paul. Over the course of a long career, the focus of Cajetan's attention passed from philosophy to theology to scripture commentary.

Keywords: Cajetan; Greek; Hebrews; New Testament; Old Testament; Paul; Romans



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