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Bibil Identifier bibil:222494
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Righteousness of God (Dikaiosunē Theou) and Verbal Genitives: A Grammatical Clarification
Author Burk, Denny
Journal Journal for the Study of the New Testament (Volume: 34, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 346-360 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article proposes to narrow the range of possible meanings for the phrase δɩκαɩοσύνη θεοῦ. Because δɩκαɩοσύνη is the nominalization of an attribute, we have to rule out of bounds any notion of δɩκαɩοσύνη θεοῦ as a subjective or objective genitive. Once these two options are eliminated, the remaining possibilities for understanding the genitive are significantly narrowed. The article also suggests that Käsemann’s interpretation is still possible even when rendering the phrase as a simple possessive genitive—God’s own righteousness (though the genitive of source is still within the range of possible meanings as well). When interpreted as a possessive genitive, righteousness at its root is an attribute of the divine nature that can stand metonymically for God’s redemptive work through Christ. The article closes with a brief sketch of how this understanding would inform the exegesis of Rom. 1.17 and 3.21-26.
DOI 10.1177/0142064X12442849
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Justice
Pericopes Romans 1,17
Romans 3,21-3,26
Terms δικαιοσύνη δικαιοσυνη
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