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This letter is arguably the most important document of the Christian faith; it stands behind virtually all great movements of God in the last years. The Author Although there is no dispute about Pauline authorship, it may be helpful to rehearse, in brief, why that is the case.
External Evidence The ancient writers regularly included Romans in their list of authentic documents. Marcion, the Muratorian fragment, and a steady stream of patristic writers beginning with Ignatius, Polycarp, Justin Martyr, and Irenaeus all assume its Pauline authorship without defense.
If the claim of the apostle to have written the Galatian and Corinthian letters is accepted, there is no reasonable basis for denying that he wrote Romans, since it echoes much of what is in the earlier writings, yet not slavishly.
The Corinthian letters and Galatians have been just such benchmarks of authenticity. And Romans fits in with their style and theological viewpoint; further, it poses no historical or other e.
Date and Place of Origin This epistle can be dated with relative certainty. It was written between 56 and 57 CE. Paul states in This corresponds to Acts Possibly in the spring of 52 he went to Caesarea and Jerusalem, stopping at Antioch on the way back and probably spending the winter of 52 there.
Presumably, his return to Ephesus was in the spring of 53, marking the beginning of a three-year ministry there Acts At the end of 56 he spent three months in Corinth Acts When he wrote Romans the fund of the Jerusalem church seems to have been finally completed Rom. This may indicate a date in early 57 rather than late 56 for the writing of the letter.
The fund was incomplete when Paul, on the way from Ephesus to Corinth, wrote 2 Cor. This is seen in two incidental comments: But there was probably a strong Jewish element as well because 1 the heavy use of the OT suggests this and 2 since Paul did not found this church, most likely the Jewish element would be stronger than in one of his congregations.
Occasion and Purpose 3 The occasion and purpose are so intertwined for this epistle that they must be treated as one. Paul expressed his desire to go west all the way to Spain Since he had already proclaimed the gospel in the major centers in the east, it now seemed good to him to go west.
Antioch had provided that in the east and Ephesus had in Asia Minor; Paul was hoping that Rome would in the west. Consequently, he wrote this letter, explaining his gospel carefully and fully, in the hopes that the Roman Christians would embrace him and it completely.
Further, since his life had already been in much danger from the Jews Acts Baur suggested that this was the heart of the epistle, while most today do not know what to do with it. What is intriguing is that, concerning this last point the chiastic structurealthough Paul answers in brief the question of 3: Although Fowler goes too far in seeing a response to anti-Semitism as the primary purpose of Romans, I think he is right that this forms part of the purpose.
The Origin of the Church In light of Rom This suggests that Peter was not yet in Rome. Most likely, the church came into existence through the converts who returned to Rome form Jerusalem after the feast of Pentecost in 33 CE Acts 2:In other words, transitions tell readers what to do with the information you present to them.
Whether single words, quick phrases, or full sentences, they function as signs that tell readers how to think about, organize, and react to old and new ideas as they read through what you have written. The transition that would establish the.
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Of all the arts, writing should be among the most democratic. 1 E. F. Harrison, Romans in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, 2 Harrison, Romans, iridis-photo-restoration.comgh we would disagree with some of Harrison’s dates by as much as one year (probably late 55 or early 56 is the date for Romans), one simply cannot be more precise and dogmatic in this chronology.
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