Romans and the Apologetic Tradition: The Purpose, Genre and Audience of Paul's Letter

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This study shows how classical Greek and Hellenistic philosophical and ethical traditions inform Paul's Letter to the Romans. It concentrates especially on Protreptic, a kind of literature deriving its name from the title of a lost writing of Aristotle that has been largely reconstructed by scholars in our time. The Protreptic writers seek to awaken their readers to a realization of human frailty and then to commit themselves to a new way of life. Guerra shows also how the political conditions of Nero's Rome are reflected herein.

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"...a lucid and insightful discussion of the implications of reading Romans as a proteptic letter and for showing us where futher research is needed." The Catholic Biblical Quarterly

"...makes a valuable contribution to the discussion of the literary genre of Romans and can be recommended to anyone interested in a serious study of Romans." Thomas H. Tobin, Anglican Theological Review

"Guerra's well-supported thesis will have significant impact on future studies of this epistle." Kirk Summers, Religious Studies Review

"This book breaks new ground and invites further investigation." Choice

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Table of Contents

Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. Apologetic and audience: making the message meet; 2. Apologetic motifs in Romans 1.18–3.31; 3. Romans 4: the continuation of apologetic argumentation; 4. Paul recommends and defends the gospel of God; 5. Romans 9–11: Paul defends his mission to the Gentiles for the sake of the Jews; 6. Romans 12–13 and 16: the 'Roman factor'; 7. Summary and conclusion; Appendix; Glossary; Select Bibliography; Indexes.

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