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Like widely differing siblings raised by the same parents, each letter produced by Paul has its own distinguishing character. For the historically minded critic, each letter’s unique traits provide important clues for detecting the circumstances in which Paul wrote it as well as what he hoped to achieve with it. Scholars assume that by examining the content of the letter (the “answer”), they can infer the readers’ situation that Paul is addressing (the “question”)--a method sometimes called “mirror reading.” In the case of Romans, however, both the particular traits and the overall content are so unusual that scholars continue to debate why Paul wrote precisely this letter and what he hoped to achieve by it in Rome." So begins Leander Keck's seminal work on the New Testament book of Romans. Keck asserts that because Romans is part of the New Testament, we can compare it with the other letters ascribed to Paul, as well as with what Acts reports about his message and mission. But the first readers of Romans had only this letter; they could compare it only with what they may have heard about him. While this commentary does from time to time compare Romans with what Paul had said before, it concentrates on Romans itself; what Paul says in this text should not be conflated with--nor inflated into--what he thought comprehensively, though it is essential to understand that as well. -- Publisher's description
Print Book, English, 2005
Abingdon Press, Nashville, 2005
400 pages ; 23 cm
9780687057054, 0687057051
The phenomenon of Romans
The historical context
Paul's theology in Romans
The messenger and the message (1:1-15)
The message for the human plight (1:16-8:39)
The freedom of God's sovereignty (9:1-11:36)
Daybreak ethos (12:1-15:13)
The messenger : between past and future (15:14-33)
Concluding concerns (16:1-27)