Paul's Letter to the Romans

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  • Copyright: 6/30/2012
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Table of Contents

Editor's Prefacep. xiv
Author's Prefacep. xvi
Abbreviationsp. xviii
Bibliographyp. xxiii
Rome and Its Populationp. 1
Christians In Romep. 2
Paul's Situation: A Scenariop. 3
Romans: A Summary of the Contentp. 4
The Purpose of Romansp. 6
Rhetorical Mattersp. 11
Authorship, Place, and Date of Writingp. 12
The Integrity of Romansp. 13
The Influence of 'The New Perspective'p. 14
Theological Themesp. 22
Letter Introduction, 1:1-17p. 35
Greetings, 1:1-7p. 35
Additional Note: Paul's Use of Credal Material in 1:3-4p. 47
Additional Note: Paul's Apostleshipp. 56
Paul's Prayer and Purpose for Writing, 1:8-17p. 57
Additional Note: From Faith to Faithp. 75
Additional Note: The Righteousness of Godp. 79
Exposition and Defense of the Gospel, 1:18-11:36p. 81
Humanity under the Power of Sin and Exposed to Wrath, 1:18-3:20p. 82
Primary Focus on the Sins of the Gentile World, 1:18-32p. 82
Humanity's Rejection of the Revelation of God in Nature, 1:18-23p. 86
Additional Note: The Wrath of Godp. 90
Additional Note: Natural Theologyp. 93
The Divine Reaction to Human Rejection, 1:24-32p. 98
Additional Note: The Nature of the Homosexual Practice Condemned by Paulp. 109
Additional Note: Paul's Depiction of the Gentile Worldp. 115
Primary Focus on the Sins of the Jewish World, 2:1-3:20p. 117
God Shows No Favoritism, 2:1-16p. 117
Additional Note: The Use of Physei in 2:14p. 135
Additional Note: Gentiles Who Do the Things Required by the Lawp. 136
Additional Note: Consciencep. 141
Additional Note: Justification for the Doersp. 142
Having the Law and Circumcision Provides No Immunity, 2:17-29p. 144
Bragging about the law while failing to obey it, 2:17-24p. 145
True circumcision, 2:25-29p. 152
God's Faithfulness Is Not Nullified by Jewish Unbelief, 3:1-20p. 157
Five rhetorical questions, 3:1-9p. 158
Additional Note: Life under Sinp. 164
Scriptural support, 3:10-18p. 165
Additional Note: Paul's Use of Scripture in the Catenap. 167
Concluding statement, 3:19-20p. 170
Additional Note: The Works of the Lawp. 173
God's Saving Righteousness Revealed, 3:21-4:25p. 176
The Righteousness of God Revealed, 3:21-31p. 176
The Heart of the Gospel, 3:21-26p. 177
Additional Note: Grace (Charis)p. 185
Additional Note: Hilasterionp. 188
Jewish Boasting Is Excluded, 3:27-31p. 193
Additional Note: Nomos in 3:27p. 195
Additional Note: Justificationp. 200
God's Dealings with Abraham, 4:1-25p. 201
God Justifies Abraham apart from Works, 4:1-8p. 202
God Credits Righteousness to Abraham without Circumcision, 4:9-12p. 208
God Makes Abraham the Inheritor of the World without the Law, 4:13-17ap. 211
The Essential Nature of Abraham's Faith, 4:17b-22p. 216
The Relevance of God's Dealings with Abraham for All Believers, 4:23-25p. 219
Justification Brings Freedom and Hope, 5:1-8:39p. 224
Justified by Faith, 5:1-11p. 224
The Benefits of Justification, 5:1-2p. 225
Additional Note: The Glory in Store for Believersp. 228
Rejoicing Even in Suffering, 5:3-5p. 229
God's Love Demonstrated in Christ's Death for Us, 5:6-11p. 233
The Humanity-Wide Effects of the Actions of Adam and Christ, 5:12-21p. 239
Additional Note: The Nature of Death That Entered the World through Sinp. 242
Additional Note: Adam's Sin in Jewish Literaturep. 255
Freedom from Sin's Dominion, 6:1-23p. 257
Dying and Rising with Christ, 6:1-14p. 257
Additional Note: Baptism in the Pauline Corpusp. 270
Additional Note: Dying and Rising with Christp. 272
Slaves of Christ, 6:15-23p. 279
Additional Note: Eternal Life in the Pauline Corpusp. 287
Freedom from the Law, 7:1-25p. 288
Freed from the Law to Bear Fruit for God, 7:1-6p. 288
Sin, Not the Law, Is to Blame for the Human Predicament, 7:7-25p. 297
Israel's historical encounter with the law, 7:7-13p. 299
Israel's ongoing experience of living under the law, 7:14-20p. 304
Paid's conclusions about Israel, sin, and the law, 7:21-25p. 308
Additional Note: Classical Parallels regarding Moral Weaknessp. 312
Additional Note: The Identity of the ĉIĈ in 7:7-25p. 314
Life in the Spirit, 8:1-13p. 321
The Spirit of Adoption, 8:14-17p. 336
Present Suffering and Future Glory, 8:18-30p. 341
The Groaning and Renewal of Creation, 8:19-22p. 342
Additional Note: Creation's Bondage to Corruption and Liberationp. 346
The Groaning and Redemption of Believers, 8:23-25p. 349
The Groaning of the Holy Spirit as He Intercedes for Believers, 8:26-27p. 351
God Works All Things Together for Good for Those Who Love Him, 8:28-30p. 353
The Emotive Climax - If God Be for Us, Who Can Be against Us? 8:31-39p. 358
Additional Note: Hope in the Pauline Corpusp. 365
Israel and the Purposes of God, 9:1-11:36p. 366
Paul's Concern for Israel and Her Privileges, 9:1-5p. 367
Israel and God's Election, 9:6-29p. 374
God's Word Has Not Failed, 9:6-13p. 374
Is God Unjust? 9:14-18p. 380
Why Does God Still Blame Us? 9:19-21p. 383
God Has the Right to Exercise His Prerogative, 9:22-29p. 385
Additional Note: Predestination in Romans - Corporate or Individual?p. 391
Jewish Responsibility for Failure to Embrace the Gospel, 9:30-10:21p. 392
Why Israel Did Not Attain the Righteousness She Pursued, 9:30-10:4p. 393
Additional Note: Zeal in Israel and in Paulp. 398
Additional Note: Telos Nomoup. 402
The Testimony of the Law to Faith, 10:5-13p. 405
Additional Note: Paul's Use of the Old Testament in 10:6-8p. 413
Additional Note: The Meaning of Salvation in Romansp. 415
Has Israel Not Heard? 10:14-21p. 416
Has God Rejected Israel? 11:1-36p. 421
The Significance of the Remnant, 11:1-10p. 421
Israel Stumbled, but Her Fall Is Not Irrevocable, 11:11-36p. 427
Israel's transgression means salvation for the Gentiles, 11:11-15p. 427
Additional Note: Israel's Jealousyp. 431
The lump of dough and the olive tree, 11:16-24p. 432
Additional Note: Paul's Olive Tree Analogyp. 439
The mystery: The final salvation of 'all Israel', 11:25-32p. 441
Additional Note: 'All Israel Will Be Saved'p. 448
Additional Note: A Contradiction between 9:6-13 and 11:25-32?p. 451
Additional Note: A Special Way of Salvation for Israel (11:1-32)?p. 453
Doxology, 11:33-36p. 456
The Ethical Outworking of the Gospel, 12:1-15:13p. 460
The Basis of Paul's Ethical Appeal, 12:1-2p. 460
The Believers' Relationships with Others, 12:3-21p. 466
Using Different Gifts for the Benefit of the Christian Community, 12:3-8p. 467
Enhancing Relationships within the Christian Community, 12:9-13p. 474
Additional Note: Hospitalityp. 478
Relationships without and within the Christian Community, 12:14-16p. 479
Responding to Hostile People and Their Hostile Acts, 12:17-21p. 481
Additional Note: The Relationship between Pauline Ethics and Stoic Teachingp. 486
Christians and the Roman Authorities, 13:1-7p. 489
Love Fulfills the Law, 13:8-10p. 500
Living in the Light of the Coming of the Day, 13:11-14p. 503
Additional Note: Paul's Uses of the Clothing Metaphorp. 507
Instructions for the 'Weak' and the 'Strong': Accept One Another, 14:1-15:13p. 508
Additional Note: The 'Weak' and the 'Strong'p. 509
Accept Those Who Are Weak in Faith, 14:1-12p. 510
The Matter of Eating All Foods, 14:1-4p. 510
Additional Note: Faith and Consciencep. 514
The Matter of Observing Special Days, 14:5-8p. 514
We Will All Stand before God's Judgment Seat, 14:9-12p. 517
No Passing Judgment and No Placing Stumbling Blocks, 14:13-23p. 519
The 'Strong' to Bear the Failings of the 'Weak', 15:1-6p. 526
Accept One Another, 15:7-13p. 531
Paul's Ministry and Future Plans, 15:14-33p. 535
Paul Affirms the Roman Believers and Explains the Nature of His Ministry, 15:14-16p. 535
Paul's Pride in What Christ Has Wrought through Him, 15:17-21p. 539
Paul's Long-Held Desire and Present Plan to Visit Rome en Route to Spain, 15:22-33p. 543
Paul's Plan to Visit Rome en Route to Spain, 15:22-24p. 543
Paul's Collection Visit to Jerusalem prior to His Trip to Rome, 15:25-29p. 545
Paul's Appeal for the Roman Believers' Support in Prayer, 15:30-33p. 549
Conclusion, 16:1-27p. 552
Commendation of Phoebe, 16:1-2p. 552
Greetings for Twenty-Six Named Individuals, 16:3-16p. 557
Additional Note: Junia or Junias?p. 563
Additional Note: 'Well Known among', or 'Well Known to', the Apostles?p. 565
Additional Note: Kissingp. 573
Additional Note: The Twenty-Six Named individuals in Romans 16:3-15p. 574
Warning, Exhortation, and Affirmation, 16:17-20p. 575
Greetings from Eight of Paul's Associates, 16:21-23p. 581
Additional Note: The Erastus of 16:23 and the Erastus of the Inscriptionp. 585
Concluding Doxology, 16:25-27p. 587
Subjectsp. 590
Modern Authorsp. 600
Scripture Referencesp. 606
Extrabiblical Literaturep. 623
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