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Romans and the Apologetic Tradition : The Purpose, Genre and Audience of Paul's Letter - Anthony J. Guerra

Romans and the Apologetic Tradition

The Purpose, Genre and Audience of Paul's Letter

Hardcover Published: 27th January 1995
ISBN: 9780521471268
Number Of Pages: 216

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This study shows how classical Greek and Hellenistic philosophical and ethical traditions inform Paul's Letter to the Romans. It concentrates especially on Protreptic, a kind of literature deriving its name from the title of a lost writing of Aristotle that has been largely reconstructed by scholars in our time. The Protreptic writers seek to awaken their readers to a realization of human frailty and then to commit themselves to a new way of life. Guerra shows also how the political conditions of Nero's Rome are reflected herein.

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"...a lucid and insightful discussion of the implications of reading Romans as a proteptic letter and for showing us where futher research is needed." The Catholic Biblical Quarterly "...makes a valuable contribution to the discussion of the literary genre of Romans and can be recommended to anyone interested in a serious study of Romans." Thomas H. Tobin, Anglican Theological Review "Guerra's well-supported thesis will have significant impact on future studies of this epistle." Kirk Summers, Religious Studies Review "This book breaks new ground and invites further investigation." Choice

List of abbreviations
Apologetic and audience: making the message meet
Apologetic motifs in Romans 1.18-3.31
Romans 4: the continuation of apologetic argumentation
Paul recommends and defends the gospel of God
Romans 9-11: Paul defends his mission to the Gentiles for the sake of the Jews
Romans 12-13 and 16: the 'Roman factor'
Summary and conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521471268
ISBN-10: 0521471265
Series: Society for New Testament Studies in Monograph
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 27th January 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.45 x 14.53  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.36

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