Original Research

Die resepsie van die etiek van die Filemonbrief in drie vroeë Latynse kommentare

D.F. Tolmie
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 51, No 3 | a2027 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v51i3.2027 | © 2017 D.F. Tolmie | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 August 2015 | Published: 30 January 2017

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D.F. Tolmie, Department of Old and New Testament Studies, University of the Free State, South Africa


The reception of the ethics of the Letter to Philemon in three early Latin commentaries. According to Jan van der Watt, the study of the ethics of New Testament writings should not be limited to the study of categories directly related to prescribing specific deeds. One should rather follow a broader approach by also investigating, among others, the ‘implicit ethics’ of a writing. In this article on the reception of the ethics of the Letter to Philemon in the commentaries of Ambrosiaster, Jerome and Pelagius, the benefit of such a broader approach to the ethics of the letter is demonstrated. The way in which each of these commentators interprets the implicit ethics of the letter, quite often by creating an ‘implicit ethics’ on their own part, is investigated systematically. The approach followed by each of these interpreters and the results reached by them are described in depth.


Letter to Philemon; Ethics; Church Fathers; Ambrosiaster; Jerome; Pelagius


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