Discovering Romans: Content, Interpretation, Reception

Discovering Romans: Content, Interpretation, Reception

by Anthony C. Thiselton

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Concise, student-friendly introduction to Romans

This third volume in the Discovering Biblical Texts series offers readers a compact, up-to-date, and student-friendly introduction to Paul's letter to the Romans, focusing on its structure, content, theological concerns, key interpretive debates, and historical reception.

Anthony C. Thiselton alerts readers to key issues and questions raised by the text, encouraging in-depth study and a sincere grappling with the theological and historical questions raised by this often-controversial epistle. He pays special attention to the book's reception and its influence on Christian history and culture, exploring and explaining the approaches and conclusions of a wide range of ancient and modern interpreters.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802874092
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Series: Discovering Biblical Texts (DBT)
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Anthony C. Thiselton is professor emeritus of Christian theology at the University of Nottingham, England. His many other books include The Hermeneutics of Doctrine, A Shorter Guide to the Holy Spirit, and two acclaimed commentaries on 1 Corinthians.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgements x

Abbreviations xi

1 Why Read Romans? Eight Brief Reasons 1

2 Strategies of Interpretation: Three Essential Strategies for Romans 7

3 Nine Further Strategies Often Useful for Parts of Romans 20

4 The Reception History of Romans 32

5 The Textual Criticism and Integrity of Romans 55

6 Paul, Traveller and Citizen of Rome 62

7 Paul Introduces Himself and the Theme of the Gospel (1.1-17) 67

8 The Gentile World Judged and Alienated from God (1.18-32) 81

9 The Jewish World as Moral Critic (2.1-3.8) 92

10 Judgement and Grace on All: Redemption and Atonement (3.9-31) 102

11 The Promise of the Covenant God; Trust, the Test Case of Abraham (4.1-25) 113

12 Peace with God (5.1-11) 123

13 Christ and Adam: Humanity and the New Humanity (5.12-21) 131

14 Dead to Sin; Alive to God (6.1-23) 143

15 Free from the Condemnation of the Law (7.1-25) 153

16 Life Characterized by the Holy Spirit's Indwelling (8.1-17) 164

17 The Renewal of All Things: Suffering and Future Glory (8.18-39) 173

18 Israel's Unbelief: Filling a Gap in Paul's Argument (9.1-29) 186

19 God's Faithfulness and Israel's Responsibility (9.30-10.21) 198

20 The Salvation of 'All Israel' (11.1-36) 209

21 The Outworking of the Christian Life: Sacrifice and Worship (12.1-21) 220

22 Christian Obligations (13.1-14) 228

23 Mutual Welcome and Respect: 'The Strong' and 'the Weak' (14.1-15.13) 236

24 Paul's Travel Plans and the Coming Missionary Task (15.14-16.2) 248

25 Final Greetings, Final Appeal and Doxology (16.3-27) 256

Bibliography 264

Index of Biblical and Patristic References 279

Index of Modern Authors 287

Index of Subjects 291

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