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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 Habakkuk 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 David’s fresh interpretation of the argument across Rom 1:1-23, including:

  • Representative Messiahship in Rom 1:3.
  • Consideration 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.
  • The case for Paul as addressing non-Christian Romans consistently in Rom 1:7-13, with an ironic tone.
  • An explanation of the argument of Rom 1:14-17, including consideration 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.
  • An explanation of how Rom 1:3-4 and Rom 1:14-17 integrates precisely with the pithy Hab 2:4 verse.
  • How the argument continues naturally into Rom 1:18-23, with rhetorical effect.

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