Spiritual Exercises: Based on Paul's Epistle to the Romans

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Paul's letter to the Romans is often regarded as the most profoundly doctrinal book in the Bible. While not overlooking its complex theology, Joseph Fitzmyer here shows Romans to be also a wellspring of devotional insight, accessible and deeply rewarding to all Christians.

In this book Fitzmyer recasts the text of Romans into the form of meditations for devotional reflection in spiritual retreats, Bible studies, church classrooms, small groups, and other prayerful gatherings. Styled after the famous Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, the book includes twenty-four meditations that can be divided in a variety of ways and fit to a range of reading schedules. Accompanying each meditation are questions to encourage reflection on the passage of Romans being considered and also a psalm that echoes the Pauline passage. A truly fulfilling approach to spirituality, Fitzmyer's Spiritual Exercises demonstrates the role of Scripture in properly ordering the Christian life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802826732
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/31/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 235
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1
1 The Purpose of Spiritual Exercises 9
2 God's Gospel Concerning His Son (1:1-15) 16
3 Through the Gospel the Uprightness of God Is Revealed (1:16-17) 23
4 Pagan Humanity without the Gospel Is Subject to the Wrath of God (1:18-32) 31
5 God's Judgement Manifested against Jews without the Gospel (2:1-3:9) 39
6 All Human Beings, Jews and Greeks Alike, Are Sinners (3:10-20) 48
7 God's Uprightness Is Manifested to All Sinners through Christ and Apprehended by Faith (3:21-31) 54
8 Abraham Was Justified by Faith, Not by Deeds (4:1-25) 63
9 The Lordship of Christ Jesus (4:24; 14:7-9) 72
10 Justified Christians Are Reconciled to the God of Love: They Will Be Saved through Hope of a Share in the Risen Life (5:1-11) 78
11 Christian Life Brings Freedom from Sin and Death (5:12-21) 85
12 Freedom from Sin and Self through Baptism (6:1-23) 91
13 Freedom from the Law by the Death of Christ (7:1-6) 100
14 The Role of the Law in Human Life (7:7-13) 107
15 Complaint and Cry of Human Beings Enslaved by the Law (7:14-25) 115
16 Through the Spirit the Christian Becomes a Child of God, Destined for Glory (8:1-17) 120
17 Three Things Testify to This New Life: Creation Groaning in Travail, the Fact of Christian Hope, and the Spirit Itself (8:18-27) 135
18 The Christian Called and Destined to Glory; Hymn to the Love of God Made Manifest in Christ Jesus (8:28-39) 145
19 Justification through Faith Does Not Contradict God's Promises to Israel, Which Stem from His Gratuitous Election of It (9:1-29) 155
20 Israel Has Stumbled in Its Pursuit of Righteousness (9:30-10:21) 164
21 Israel's Failure Is Partial and Temporary (11:1-36) 173
22 Spirit-Guided Christian Life Must Be Worship Paid to God (12:1-13:14) 187
23 Duty of Love Owed by the Strong in the Community to the Weak (14:1-15:13) 200
24 Paul's Plans, Coming Task, Request for Prayers; Letter of Recommendation for Phoebe (15:14-16:27) 210
Select Bibliography 220
Notes 223
Index 225
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