Purpose and Cause in Pauline Exegesis

Romans 1.16-4.25 and a New Approach to the Letters

by Wendy Dabourne;


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Purpose and Cause in Pauline Exegesis

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Three factors prompt this re-examination of the underlying questions that shape mainstream exegesis of Paul's letters. Hermeneutical studies have destabilized assumptions about the nature of meaning in texts; the letters are usually characterized as pastoral but explicated as expressions of Paul's thought; and the impact of E. P. Sanders' work on Paul has sharpened exegetical problems in Romans 1.16-4.25. The outcome is a two-step method of exegesis that considers a letter first in the light of the author's purpose in creating it and second as evidence for the patterns of thought from which it sprang. The passage appears as pastoral preaching, helping the Romans to deal with the implications of the fact that the God of Israel is now accepting believing Gentiles on the same basis as believing Jews. Justification by grace through faith emerges as the theological understanding of God's action in Christ that grounds pastoral speech.

Purpose and Cause in Pauline Exegesis by Wendy Dabourne was published by Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) in September 2009. The ISBN for Purpose and Cause in Pauline Exegesis is 9780511487941.

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Page last updated 3rd December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatOnline resource
PublisherCambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) (September 2009)
ISBN9780511487941
ISBN-100511487940
Product Code4491531
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