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Benedictus Aretius commenting on 1 Timothy 2:6

September 12, 2008


Benedict Aretius* has similar expressions on 1 Tim. ii. “Christ,” says he, “died for all, yet notwithstanding all do not embrace the benefit of his death, because by their own wickedness, and the corruption of their nature, they despise the offered grace.

*ARETIUS (Benedict) an Ecclesiastic of Berne, in Switzerland, eminent as a botanist and theologian. In the former science he published an account of Alpine plants, which is highly spoken of. In Divinity, on which he gave lectures at Marpurg, his works are–A Commentary on the New Testament, and Examen Theologicum, in folio, which it is said was printed twelve times in three years. He died in 1674.

Source: John Davenant, Dissertation on the Death of Christ, 338.

Richard Muller says of Aretius:

Benedictus Aretius (1505-1574); studied at Strasburg and Marburg; served as professor of logic at Marburg and, beginning in 1564, as Wolfgang Musculus’ successor as professor of theology in Bern. His major dogmatic work was Examin theologicum (1557) and SS. theolgiae problemata, seu loci comunes (1573). Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics 1:42 [first edition].

Some titles by Aretius, demonstrating his influence:

Sermones tres de coena Domini.
In d. Mosis Pentateuchum, hoc est, priscam dei legem, Benedicti Aretii theologi Bernesnis commentarii breues ac dilucidi
Commentarii in Evangelivm Matthaei
Commentarii in euangelium Domini Nostri Iesv Christi secundum Marcum
Commentarii in evangelium Domini Nostri Iesu Christi secundùm Lucam
Commentarii in qvatvor Evangelistas : a Benedicto Aretio Bernensi … conscripti.
Commentarii in sacram Actuum Apostolicorum historiam : facili & perspicua methodo conscripti
Commentarii in Epistolam D. Pauli ad Romanos : facili et perspicua methodo conscripti
Commentarii in epistola D. Pauli ad Galatas
Commentarii in secundam epistolam D. Pauli ad Corinthios
Commentarii in Epistolas D. Pauli ad Philippenses, Colossenses et in utramque ad Thessal.
Commentarii in epistolas Pauli ad Timoth., ad Titum et ad Philem. … cum indice rerum memorabilium.
Commentarij in euangelium … secundum Ioannem

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  1. May 29, 2009 12:22 pm

    The Aretius quote is also cited here [see top left], along with others above it. The other two are as follows:

    “The gospel offers the grace of God to all men, therefore it is the interest of all to adorn this doctrine by life and manners.” –Ad Tit. 2.11

    “Observe here first, to whom the fruit of Christ’s death belongs, then in what that deliverance consists. That deliverance belongs to all who were subject to the bondage in this life. Now we were all [subject], therefore this deliverance belongs to all. The deliverance also is said to be general or pertaining to all, because it pertains to the whole human race, although all do not know or acknowledge the benefit, nor accept it with a grateful mind. Thus it comes to pass that this deliverance is efficacious only in the faithful.” –Ad Heb. ii.

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