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The Jewish Context of Paul's Letter
by Mark D. Nanos
Paperback (May 1996)
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Winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish-Christian Relations
Paul's letter to the Romans is an example of Jewish correspondence, addressingbelievers in Jesus who are steeped in Jewish ways whether of Jewish or gentileorigin. Arguing against those who think Paul was an apostate from Judaism, Nanosmaintains Paul's continuity with his Jewish heritage.
"Nanos views Romans through an insightful prism. His arguments are madewith clarity and fairness." Thomas H. Tobin, S.J., Loyola University ofChicago.
"Worthwhile reading for every student of Paul and for everyoneinterested in Jewish-Christian relations in the first century." Sarah J.Tanzer, McCormick Theological Seminary
"Nanos's stress upon the Jewish background of Paul combined with the newperspective enables him to bring meaning from familiar texts in such a way thatexciting new interpretive vistas are opened up." William S. Campbell,Westhill College, University of Birmingham.
"A provocative new book on Paul that takes seriously the notion thatPaul was a Jew within the Jewish community and yet also a person for whom theexperience of Christ made an important difference. This book willchallenge older notions... and help build a new consensus." AlanF. Segal, Barnard College, Columbia University
Chapter 1: To the Jews First and Also to the Greek
Chapter 2: The Historical Backdrop and Implied Audience
Chapter 3: Who Were the "Weak" and the "Strong" in Rome?
- Diaspora Judaism in Rome at the Time of Paul's Letter
- The Implied Audience for Paul's "Reminder" to Rome
Chapter 4: The Apostolic Decree and the "Obedience of Faith"
- The Problem with Prevailing Views of the "Weak" and the "Strong"
- Must One Assume that the "Weak" and the "Strong" Are Christians?
- The Identity of the "Weak" and the "Strong" in Romans
- Paul's Instructions to the "Weak" and the "Strong"
- The Impact of Redefining the "Weak" and the "Strong" on the Purpose and Message of Romans
Chapter 5: Paul's Two-step Pattern and the Restoration of "All Israel"
- Monotheism and the Shema as the Basis of Paul's Argument
- The Apostolic Decree and the Message of Romans
- The "Obedience of Faith" and the Apostolic Decree
Chapter 6: Romans 13:1-7: Christian Obedience to Synagogue Authority
- Paul's Two-Step Pattern in Romans and Reflected in Acts
- Romans 11:25-29
- Exegesis of Romans 11:25-29
- The "Fulness of the Gentiles" and the Restoration of "All Israel"
Summary and Appendix 1: Peter's Hypocrisy (Gal. 2:11-21) in the Light of Paul's Anxiety (Rom. 7)
- Exegetical Feasibility
- Contextual Feasibility
- The Feasibility of this Proposal as Demonstrated in Paul's Example of "Subordination" (A Final Concern)
- An Expanded Contextual Translation of 13:1-7,8
Appendix 2: Some Problems with Reading Romans through the Lens of the Edict of Claudius
Great resource: Author Mark Nanos' website.
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