A Preface to Romans: Notes on the Epistle in Its Literary and Cultural Setting

A Preface to Romans: Notes on the Epistle in Its Literary and Cultural Setting

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A Preface to Romans: Notes on the Epistle in Its Literary and Cultural Setting by Christopher Bryan, G. Ronald Murphy

Bryan approaches St. Paul's letter to the Romans with a number of aims in view. First, he wants to show which literary type or genre would have been seen by Paul's contemporaries as being exemplified in the letter. He also attempts to determine what we can surmise of Paul's attitude and approach to the Jewish bible. The study involves discussion of and comparison with other literature from Paul's time, place and milieu —- including other writings attributed to Paul.

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ISBN-13: 9780195130232
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 06/28/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1500L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Short Titles xiii
Prologue: Looking at Romans 3(1)
The Scope of the Inquiry
3(1)
The Purpose of the Inquiry
4(7)
PART I WHAT KIND OF TEXT IS ROMANS?
The Genre of the Letter to the Romans
11(31)
What Are We Talking About? The Significance of Genre
11(1)
Romans as a Greco-Roman Letter
12(3)
Romans as an Essay with the Heading "Greetings!"
15(3)
Romans as a Persuasive Discourse
18(11)
Romans as Family Letter
29(4)
Romans as a Letter of Commendation
33(9)
Additional Note A. Patronage
34(8)
The Letter to the Romans, the Jewish Scriptures, and the Law
42(15)
What Did Paul Mean by "the Scriptures"?
42(3)
What did Paul mean by "the Law"?
45(5)
Additional Note B. Hebrew Tora and Greek Nomos
47(3)
Hod Did Paul Interpret the Scriptures?
50(7)
PART II LISTENING TO ROMANS
The Epistolary Opening (1.1--15)
57(10)
Additional Note C. Apostle
64(2)
Additional Note D. Grace
66(1)
The Dissuasive (1.16--4.25): Against Dependence on Anything save the Justice and Mercy of God
67(53)
The Nature of the Gospel (1.16--17)
67(10)
Additional Note E. Honor and Shame
72(3)
Additional Note F. Salvation
75(1)
Additional Note G. The Salvation of Israel and the Healing of Creation
75(1)
Additional Note H. Translating Dikaiosune
76(1)
God's "No!" to Injustice (1.18--32)
77(14)
Additional Note I. Romans 1--18--32 and Genesis 1--3
82(1)
Additional Note J. Glory
83(1)
Additional Note K. On the Significance of 1.26b--27
84(5)
Additional Note L. "Self--Control"
89(2)
God's "No!" to Our Injustice (2.1--3.20)
91(11)
Additional Note M. Sin
100(2)
God's "Yes!" through Jesus the Messiah (3.21--31)
102(12)
Additional Note N. 3.24--26 as a Pre-Pauline Formula
107(1)
Additional Note O. On Translating Pistis Christou
108(3)
Additional Note P. Propitiation
111(1)
Additional Note Q. The Interpretation of Hilasterion at Romans 3.25 as "Mercy Seat"
112(1)
Additional Note R. The Meaning of Paresis at Romans 3.25
112(1)
Additional Note S. The Distinction between Ek and Dia at Romans 3.30
113(1)
The Example of Abraham (4.1--25)
114(6)
Additional Note T. Problems in Translating Romans 4.1
118(2)
Demonstrating and Defense (5.1--11.36): Peace with God through Christ
120(74)
Demonstration (5.1--21)
120(13)
Additional Note U. The Meaning of Eph'ho[i] at Romans 5.12
128(1)
Additional Note V. Solidarity
129(4)
Defense 1. Does the Gospel Undermine Commandment? (6.1--8.39)
133(26)
Additional Note W. On Translating Romans 6.5
137(18)
Additional Note X. Flesh
155(1)
Additional Note Y. Spirit
156(1)
Additional Note Z. Body
157(2)
Defense 2. Does the Gospel Call in Question God's Faithfulness to the Promises? (9.1--11.36)
159(35)
Additional Note AA. The Eight Privileges of Israel at Romans 9--4--5
169(1)
Additional Note BB. On Translating Romans 9.5
170(1)
Additional Note CC. "The End of the Law" at Romans 10.4
171(1)
Additional Note DD. On the Interpretation of Romans 10.5--10
172(12)
Additional Note EE. Ministry
184(2)
Additional Note FF. Calvin's Understanding of Romans 9--11
186(1)
Additional Note GG. Problems of Interpretation in Romans 11.15--16
187(1)
Additional Note HH. The Mystery
188(1)
Additional Note II. The Salvation of All Israel
189(4)
Additional Note JJ. On Problems of Translating 11.30--31
193(1)
Exhortation (12.1--15.13): An Invitation to the Christian Life
194(28)
Grounds for the Exhortation: The Proper Response to God's Mercies (12.1--2)
194(2)
Some Basic Principles for Life in the Church (12.3--13)
196(5)
Additional Note KK. Moderation
200(1)
Relations with the World at Large (12.14--13.14)
201(10)
Additional Note LL. Further Thoughts on "the Authorities"
208(2)
Additional Note MM. Public Servant
210(1)
Further Notes on Life in the Church: The Problem of the "Strong" and the "Weak" (14.1--15.13)
211(11)
Additional Note NN. Other Opinions about the "Strong" and the "Weak"
215(2)
Additional Note OO. The Ethnic Composition of the Roman Church
217(5)
Epistolary Conclusion (15.14--16.23)
222(12)
Paul's Plans (15.14--33)
222(3)
Commendation of Phoebe (16.1--2)
225(1)
Greetings to God's Household (16.1--2)
226(4)
Paul in His Own Hand (16.17--20)
230(2)
Greetings from Paul's Colleagues (16.21--23)
232(2)
Epilogue: Unscientific Postscripts 234(5)
Outsiders?
234(2)
Insiders
236(1)
Hope
237(2)
General Bibliography 239(24)
Index of Holy Scripture 263(6)
Index of Other Ancient Authors and Sources 269(3)
Index of Authors and Sources between 1000 and 1850 272(1)
Index of Modern Authors and Sources 273(3)
Index of Subjects 276

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