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Bibil Identifier bibil:226299
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Paul and the Patriarch: The Role of Abraham in Romans 4
Author Wright, N.T.
Journal Journal for the Study of the New Testament (Volume: 35, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 207-241 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In Rom. 4 Paul has the whole of Gen. 15 in mind, and expounds it in relation to the covenantal promise of a single worldwide family. This forms a key part of his demonstration that Israel’s God has been faithful to the covenant, and Paul’s language of δικαιοσύνη reflects that. His reference to Abraham’s ‘reward’ (μισθός) in 4.4 is an allusion to Gen. 15.1, where the ‘reward’ is the large family; he is not, then, refuting a view of justification which involves ‘earning’ a righteous status. One may then read 4.1 (modifying Hays’s earlier proposal) as ‘Have we found Abraham to be our ancestor in a human, fleshly sense?’, with 4.16-17 as the eventual answer to that question, not a parenthesis. ‘The justification of the ungodly’ in 4.5 is then a reference, not to Abraham’s own justification, but to the divine promise to include Gentile sinners within his family.
DOI 10.1177/0142064X12472114
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Abraham
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Letters of Paul : Romans
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Justice of God
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Pentateuch : Genesis
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Works
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Forgiveness
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Salvation
Pericopes Romans 4
Genesis 15
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