Solving the Romans Debate

ISBN-10: 0800638603

ISBN-13: 9780800638603

Edition: 2007

Authors: A. Andrew Das

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Scholars have long debated the "double character" of Romans. Why did Paul address a long discussion of Jewish themes to a Gentile audience? Das provides a fresh understanding of the identity and attitudes of the Gentile Christians in Rome and of the expulsion of Jews from Rome under the emperor Claudius. His reading offers new insight into Paul's concern for the Jewish roots of the Christ movement.
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 1/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

A. Andrew Das is Niebuhr Distinguished Chair and associate professor of theology and religion at Elmhurst College in Illinois and the author of Paul, the Law, and the Covenant.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Romans Debate: Narrowing the Options
The Integrity of the Letter
Radical Partition Theories
A Fourteen-Chapter Version of Romans
A Fifteen-Chapter Version of Romans
The Origin of the Roman Church
The Occasion and Purpose of Romans
A Summary of Paul's Theology
The Jerusalem Trip as the Purpose for Paul's Writing
Romans as Preparation for the Spanish Mission
Providing an Apostolic Foundation for a "Church,"
Exercising Authority as Apostle to the Gentiles
The Lack of a Concrete Situation at Rome
An Apologetic Purpose
Separate Jewish Christian and Gentile Christian Assemblies Urged to Worship Together
The Tension Between the Strong and the Weak over Mosaic Customs in the Wake of the Edict of Claudius
Conclusion
The Ethnic Identity of the Roman Congregations: The Internal Evidence
An Exclusively Gentile Audience
The Letter Opening (Romans 1:1-7)
The Thanksgiving Section (Romans 1:8-15)
The Apostolic Parousia (Romans 15:15-16)
A Direct Address to the Audience (Romans 11:13)
Further Evidence of the Addressees as Gentiles (Romans 6:19; 13:11-14)
The Category of God-Fearer
Potential Evidence for Jewish Addressees
Knowledge of the Scriptures
Direct Address to the "Jew" (Romans 2:17-29)
The Listing of Jews in Romans 16;1-16
Further Evidence for Jews in the Audience
The Weak of Romans 14:1-15:6
Conclusion
Former God-Fearers or Synagogue Subgroup?
The Compatibility of Romans 14:1-15:13 with Jewish-Christian Relations in Rome
The Credibility of Paul's Exhortations to Non-Christian Jews in Romans 14:1-15:13
"Your Brother," a Reference to Non-Christian Jews
The Monotheistic Character of the Appeal to the" Weak"
Romans 14:22b-23 as Condemnation of the "Strong" for Eating in Doubt
Internal Consistency in Romans 1-11
The Incompatibility of Paul's Approval of the "Weak" and Their Observance of the Law
"Weak" as Meaning "Stumbling"
The Analogy of Abraham, Not Weak in Faith (Romans 4:19-21)
Other Evidence That the Weak Are Non-Christ-Believing
Evaluation
Claudius's Edict of Expulsion: The External Evidence
Suetonius: Chrestus/Christus?
The Date: 49 CE
The Expulsion of the Entire Jewish Population of Rome?
Dio Cassius versus Suetonius: Two Separate Actions
Christ-Believing God-Fearers Expelled?
Separate Christian Assemblies
Popular Anti-Judaism and the Evolving Roman Christian Community
Separation of Jews and Christians: Claudius to Nero
Summary
Reading Romans with the Encoded Audience: Romans 7:7-25 and Romans 11:25-26
Romans 7:7-25: Resolving Perennial Conundrums
Romans 7:14-25
Romans 7:7-12
The Gentile God-Fearer's Experience of Life "under" the Law
Romans 11:25-26: New Emphases
"All Israel" as the Church: N. T. Wright
"All Israel" as the Jewish Remnant throughout History
Conclusion
Abbreviations
Bibliography
Indices
Index of Authors
Index of Subjects
Index of Primary Sources
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