Thursday, February 16, 2006

Romano Penna

Has anyone had anything to do with the Italian New Testament scholar, Romano Penna? In particular, could anyone tell me anything about his work on Paul. I can't read Italian and I'd like to know what he's about.


At 2/16/2006 12:35 AM, Anonymous Jim said...

Color me shocked! (Is shocked a color???). He's one of the most influential NT scholars on the planet. And he has a collection of essays in English

You can also see his list of publications by searching his name at

The best source of books in Italian anywhere. Fast, accurate, and inexpensive. You can get a 500 page book for $30 and you would pay over $5990 for the same size volume at Brill. (that last bit is an exaggeration, barely, but the rest is 100% on the money).

At 2/16/2006 12:52 AM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

*Feels hopelessly embarrassed about being a NT doctoral student with such gaps in knowledge. Knows the truth is finally revealed*

One of the most influential scholars on the planet?? |>provoke Jim mode|< Surely not. His surname isn't Wright.

Thanks for the link, though. It turns out that Tübingen library does stock this book, so I'll pick it up tomorrow. Rainer Riesner lent me his copy of a Penna book with the small problem that it was all Italian i.e. gobbledygook to me.

I'd read he'd written some helpful passages on Pauline 'mysticism'. Do you know anything about that?

At 2/16/2006 12:57 AM, Anonymous DWright said...

Isn't he also the former President of the European Commission?

At 2/16/2006 3:24 AM, Anonymous Jim said...

wright? who's that?????

no- i haven't seen his mysticism book as i am personally opposed to it. (begin wicked mode) it leads to cathey-ism, a 21st century heresy which makes one prone to wildness.


(/end wicked mode)

At 2/16/2006 5:00 AM, Anonymous DWright said...

Well, I was making a lame joke about Romano Prodi, former Preseident of the European Commission, whose name just slightly resembles Romano Penna's, if you are not paying very much attention and have had a couple of glasses of the good stuff.

At 2/16/2006 9:59 AM, Anonymous C. Stirling Bartholomew said...

Jim is right about Penna. I have his works in English. Paid $12 for the two volumes.

At 2/16/2006 12:13 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Thanks Nelmezzo! I haden't had anything to drink so, alas, my mind was far too sober!

Ahh, Jim. That old Cathey-ism problem eh! I've been rather enjoying watching the latest 'debate' unfold!

At 2/16/2006 10:18 PM, Anonymous DWright said...

So, what's the difference between Catheyism and Catharism?

But seriously, what is the debate? Who is Cathey?

At 2/17/2006 12:08 AM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Nelmezzo, if you go to Jim's blog you'll find out!


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