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Paul's Letter to the Romans

Runar M. Thorsteinsson

in Roman Christianity and Roman Stoicism

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199578641
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722868 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578641.003.0007
Paul's Letter to the Romans

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This chapter presents and examines Paul's moral teaching in his letter to the Romans (written ca. 55–58 CE). It is Romans 12–15 in particular that is under discussion, a passage which appears to have played a key role in the formation of Roman Christian morality. Following a general discussion of the epistolary setting of Paul's letter, its moral teaching is presented and examined. The study shows that, for Paul, love was the primary virtue. In his letter, the apostle urges mutual love and respect among the members of the Christ-believing community. He lays special emphasis on the ethic of adaptability, namely, that the ‘strong’ members of the community must adapt to the needs of the ‘weak’.

Keywords: Paul; Romans; love; respect; adaptability; strong; weak

Chapter.  8168 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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