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The Letter to the Romans

John G. Gager

in Reinventing Paul

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780195150858
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849307 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150858.003.0005
The Letter to the Romans

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In the same way as Galatians, the letter to the Romans was written to the Gentiles, though it was also written about the Jews. It also differs from Galatians in the sense that its literary audience was personally unknown to St. Paul. The early misreading of Paul's intentions regarding Israel may have been caused by distortions. This discussion of Romans is guided by four principles: the apostles to the Gentiles remained concerned with Gentile believers and Gentile issues, Paul's experience in Galatia lay in the background, and rhetorical issues in the letter and the concentration on passages that have traditionally been used to support the traditional view of Paul.

Keywords: the Romans; Gentiles; St. Paul; letter; Galatians

Chapter.  14482 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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