Romans: Three Exegetical Interpretations and the History of Reception: Volume 1: Romans 1:1-32

Romans: Three Exegetical Interpretations and the History of Reception: Volume 1: Romans 1:1-32

by Daniel Patte


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In the first of a three-volume work, Daniel Patte presents three very different critical exegeses of Romans 1, arguing that all are equally legitimate and hermeneutically plausible. By expanding upon and respecting the exegeses of many erudite scholars of the last two centuries, Patte concludes that three families of vastly different critical interpretations are fully justified: traditional philological and epistolary studies; rhetorical and sociocultural studies; and figurative studies of the “coherence” of Paul's teaching.

Arising from a long-standing interdisciplinary investigation of many receptions of Romans in light of recent diversification of exegetical methodologies, Patte concludes that the interpretation of a scriptural text necessarily involves making a choice among equally legitimate and plausible alternatives; and second, that this choice is always contextual and ethical. When these points are denied (by failing to respect the interpretations of others and absolutizing one's interpretation), instead of being a scriptural blessing, Romans becomes a deadly weapon against others – heretics, Jews (Shoah), and many others. The result is a threefold commentary of Romans 1 that is unique in its scope and thorough-going exegesis.

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ISBN-13: 9780567693297
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 01/23/2020
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Daniel Patte is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, New Testament and Christianity at Vanderbilt University, USA. Among his publications are Early Jewish Hermeneutic, Paul's Faith and the Power of the Gospel, editor of Global Bible Commentary and The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity; and he is co-editor of Romans Through History and Cultures (10 volumes).

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Foreword: Critical Readings and Receptions of Romans in an Age of Fake News and Alternative Facts
Introduction. Reading Romans After Studying its Receptions
Part One: Critical Interpretation and the History of Reception of Romans
1. Receptions of Romans Through History and Cultures: A Challenge for Exegesis, Theology, and Ethics
2. Critical Exegeses of Romans and the Plurality of Legitimate and Plausible Interpretations
Part Two: A Triple Commentary: Three Legitimate and Plausible Critical Exegeses of Romans 1:1-32
3. Reading Romans 1:1-32 For its Forensic Theological Argument
4. Reading Romans 1:1-32 for its Call to Mission of an Inclusive Covenantal Community
5. Reading Romans 1:1-32 for its Realized-Apocalyptic/Messianic Vision
Part Three: Critical Exegesis and Receptions of Romans 1:1-32
6. The Contextual Character of the Three Legitimate and Plausible Interpretations of Romans 1:1-32
7. Receptions of Romans 1:1-32 as Guides for Choosing among Interpretations
Appendix: Threefold Interpretive Choices about 31 Key Theological and Ethical Themes in Rom 1:1-32

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