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Bibil Identifier bibil:217132
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Faith in Romans: The Salvation of the Individual or Life in Community?
Author Dunson, Ben C.
Journal Journal for the Study of the New Testament (Volume: 34, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 19-46 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Over the last half-century communal aspects of Paul’s thought have gained increasing prominence over against individual facets of his theology. Accordingly, many scholars have sought to overturn what they perceive to be an ‘individualistic’ understanding of Pauline faith, replacing it with various alternatives, ranging from faith as participation in Christ, to faith as communal edification. Others have maintained that a classic definition of faith as belief in Christ overrides communal concerns. In light of these debates, this article—based on an exegetical investigation of the clearest statement of Paul’s faith-righteousness language in Romans (namely Rom. 10.6-13) and on the phrase ‘measure of faith’ in Rom. 12.3—contends that faith is the means through which individuals find salvation, but also that faith cannot be understood merely as such; it also plays an indispensable role in building up the communities of Paul’s addressees and in fostering a new communal identity in Christ.
DOI 10.1177/0142064X11415328
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Faith
Pericopes Romans 1,16-1,17
Romans 3,21-5,2
Romans 9,30-10,17
Romans 12,3-12,8
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