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Paul's Letter to the Romans: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary
     

Paul's Letter to the Romans: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary

by Ben Witherington III, Darlene Hyatt
 

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ISBN-10: 0802845045

ISBN-13: 9780802845047

Pub. Date: 10/01/2003

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company


While Paul’s letter to the Romans is the most studied and commented-on document from the biblical period, the major exegetical books on Romans from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have been overwhelmingly shaped by the Reformed tradition. Through a careful survey of work on Romans by both ancient Church Fathers and modern exegetical scholars, Ben

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While Paul’s letter to the Romans is the most studied and commented-on document from the biblical period, the major exegetical books on Romans from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have been overwhelmingly shaped by the Reformed tradition. Through a careful survey of work on Romans by both ancient Church Fathers and modern exegetical scholars, Ben Witherington III here argues that the interpretation of Romans since the Reformation has been far too indebted to — and at key points led astray by — Augustinian readings of the text as filtered through Luther, Calvin, and others.

In this first full-scale socio-rhetorical commentary on Romans, Witherington gleans fresh insights from reading the text of Paul’s epistle in light of early Jewish theology, the historical situation of Rome in the middle of the first century A.D., and Paul’s own rhetorical concerns. Giving serious consideration to the social and rhetorical background of Romans allows readers to hear Paul on his own terms, not just through the various voices of his later interpreters. Witherington’s groundbreaking work also features a new, clear translation of the Greek text, and each section of the commentary ends with a brief discussion titled “Bridging the Horizons,” which suggests how the ancient text of Romans may speak to us today.

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ISBN-13:
9780802845047
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Pages:
421
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Abbreviationsxiv
Bibliographyxvi
Introduction1
Authorship and the Text-Critical Issues in Chapter 164
Integrity5
Date7
Audience7
Structure and Rhetoric16
Language, Style, and Intertextuality23
The Commentary
Epistolary Prescript and Greeting--1.1-729
Bridging the Horizons39
Exordium and Narratio--1.8-1540
Bridging the Horizons45
Propositio--1.16-1747
Bridging the Horizons56
Argument 1, Part 11.18-32: The Unbearable Likeness58
Bridging the Horizons70
Argument 1, Part 22.1-16: Critique of a Judgmental Gentile Hypocrite73
Bridging the Horizons84
Argument 22.17-3.20: Censoring a Censorious Jewish Teacher85
Bridging the Horizons97
Recapitulation and Expansion of Propositio--3.21-31: The Manifestation of the Righteousness of God Apart from the Law99
Bridging the Horizons113
Argument 34.1-25: Abraham as Forefather of All the "Righteous" by Faith115
Bridging the Horizons130
Argument 45.1-11: The Results of Rectification131
Bridging the Horizons139
Argument 55.12-21: From First Adam to Last (a Comparison)141
Bridging the Horizons152
Argument 6Shall Sin, Death, and the Law Continue Now That Christ Has Come?
Part 16:1-14: Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?154
Bridging the Horizons165
Part 26.15-7.6: Slaves to Righteousness167
Bridging the Horizons177
Part 37.7-13: Retelling Adam's Tale179
Bridging the Horizons192
Part 47.14-25: Adam's Lost Race193
Bridging the Horizons205
Argument 78.1-17: Life in the Spirit; That Was Then, This Is Now207
Bridging the Horizons219
Argument 88.18-39: Life in Christ in Glory220
Bridging the Horizons235
Argument 99.1-11.36: God's Justice and Israel's Future236
Bridging the Horizons278
Argument 1012.1-21: Living Sacrifices and Loving Service280
Bridging the Horizons297
Argument 1113.1-14: Taxing Situations and the Debt of Love304
Bridging the Horizons318
Argument 1214.1-15.13: The Weak and the Strong and What Goes Wrong325
Bridging the Horizons345
Peroratio I--15.14-21: The Knowledge and Apostle of the Gentiles350
Bridging the Horizons358
Good News Heading West--15.22-33: Travel Plans, Apostolic Parousia, Peroratio361
Bridging the Horizons372
A Letter of Recommendation and Reconciliation--16.1-27375
Bridging the Horizons402
Index of Modern Authors406
Index of Biblical References410
Index of Other Ancient Writings417

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