David released The Introduction of Romans, Refreshed in June, 2020.
How to read the introduction of Romans, with a focus on the argument of Rom 1:14-17.
With a fresh translation and a concise step-by-step commentary.
In Rom 1:14-17, Paul re-expresses the ancient Hab 2:4 prophetic vision, which was about the distant future, as rather an historical ‘vision’ unfolding in his own personal and historical context.
About the book
The book presents the case for a fresh argument across the whole of Rom 1:1-23.
The proposed argument is precise, integrated, logical, deep and ironic, and is based upon a simple (word-for-word) translation of the original Greek text.
The book presents:
- The case for the theological theme of “representative messiahship” in Rom 1:3.
- Consideration of contemporary scholarship on Jesus’ resurrection, and of the Son of God in Rom 1:4 as including the people of God, also.
- Consideration of the timing of Paul’s own faith in Rom 1:5 as subsequent to Pentecost. The same theme continues in Rom 1:14-15.
- The case for Paul addressing the non-Christian Romans consistently in Rom 1:7-13, and with an ironic tone across the passage.
- A step-by-step elaboration upon the developing argument of Rom 1:14-17.
- Consideration of the broad shape of ancient Greek and Roman history, and of the role of the Jewish Torah as concentrating evil, sin and death onto the cross of the Messiah.
- A precise elaboration upon how Rom 1:3-4 and Rom 1:14-17 integrates with the pithy Hab 2:4 verse.
- How the same argument continues naturally into Rom 1:18-23, and with rhetorical effect.
The book can be read sequentially from Rom 1:1 to Rom 1:23. It has summaries, a fresh translation and a concise commentary.
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