The Story of Romans: A Narrative Defense of God's Righteousness

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A. Katherine Grieb insightfully traces the argument of Paul's letter to the Romans and shows how it is grounded in the story of God's faithfulness to Israel. She draws together a number of crucial insights: the narrative character of Paul's thought, the apocalyptic message of his gospel, the depth of his engagement with Israel's Scripture, and the practical and political impact of his theology. She demonstrates the letter's relevance today and invites contemporary readers to locate their own stories within Paul's...

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Overview

A. Katherine Grieb insightfully traces the argument of Paul's letter to the Romans and shows how it is grounded in the story of God's faithfulness to Israel. She draws together a number of crucial insights: the narrative character of Paul's thought, the apocalyptic message of his gospel, the depth of his engagement with Israel's Scripture, and the practical and political impact of his theology. She demonstrates the letter's relevance today and invites contemporary readers to locate their own stories within Paul's account of God's righteousness. Informed by recent Pauline scholarship, this book will be useful to scholars, students, and pastors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664225254
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 588,358
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

A. Katherine Grieb is Professor of New Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction xvii
1 "Not Ashamed of the Gospel" (Rom. 1:1-17) 1
Paul and the Roman Christians 1
Paul's Letter to the Romans 8
"Not Ashamed of the Gospel" 9
Why Did Paul Write Romans? 14
Suggestions for Reading Romans 16
For Further Reflection 17
2 "The Redemption That Is in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 1:18-3:31) 19
God's Righteousness as Covenant Faithfulness 20
God's Righteousness as Wrath against Sin: Rom. 1:18-3:20 25
God's Righteousness and Our Redemption in Christ: Rom. 3:21-31 35
For Further Reflection 42
3 "Abraham, for He Is the Father of Us All" (Rom. 4:1-25) 44
Abraham and the Unity of Jews and Gentiles 45
Those Who Share the Faith of Abraham 49
For Further Reflection 54
4 "The Free Gift Is Not Like the Trespass" (Rom. 5:1-8:39) 56
Genesis 3: The Story behind Romans 5-8 57
Christ's Death for the Ungodly (Rom. 5:1-11) 61
The Free Gift Is Not Like the Trespass (Rom. 5:12-21) 64
Baptized into His Death (Rom. 6:1-23) 66
An Analogy from Marriage Law (Rom. 7:1-6) 69
Law, Sin, the Spirit, and Righteousness (Rom. 7:7-8:17) 71
Present Sufferings and Hoped-For Glory (Rom. 8:18-39) 79
For Further Reflection 83
5 "Has God Rejected His People?" (Rom. 9:1-11:36) 85
The Place of Romans 9-11 in the Letter 86
Paul's Lament in Romans 9:1-5 88
"God's Word Has Not Fallen" (Rom. 9:6-29) 91
"Who Has Believed Our Message?" (Rom. 9:30-10:21) 97
The Gifts and Calling of God Are Irrevocable (Rom. 11:1-36) 105
For Further Reflection 112
6 "Welcome ... As the Christ Has Welcomed You" (Rom. 12:1-15:13) 114
"Offer Your Bodies as a Living Sacrifice": Rom. 12:1-2 116
"By the Renewing of Your Minds": Rom. 12:3-21 119
Be Subject for the Sake of the Neighbor: Rom. 13:1-14 122
"Welcome the Weak ... God Has Welcomed Them": Rom. 14:1-23 126
"Welcome ... as the Messiah Has Welcomed You": Rom. 15:1-13 129
For Further Reflection 133
7 "I Hope to See You ... As I Go to Spain" (Rom. 15:14-16:27) 135
"I Have Written to You Rather Boldly": Rom. 15:14-21 136
"But Now I Am Going to Jerusalem": Rom. 15:22-29 139
"Strive Together with Me in Prayer to God": Rom. 15:30-33 141
Personal Greetings and Final Instructions: Rom. 16:1-27 144
Conclusion: The Rest of the Story 146
For Further Reflection 149
Selected Bibliography 151
Index of Biblical References 157
Index of Names 165
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