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Wayne A. Meeks, Allen Hilton, and H. Gregory Snyder

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300091427

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300091427.001.0001

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On Trusting an Unpredictable God

On Trusting an Unpredictable God

A Hermeneutical Meditation on Romans 9–111

(p.210) On Trusting an Unpredictable God
In Search of the Early Christians

Wayne A. Meeks

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Romans 9–11. It studies how faith can still be faith, despite the culture embodying that faith has been removed from the social forms that served as its anchor. It turns to the argument that Paul addresses in Romans 9–11, and notes a significant break between Roman 8:39 and 9:1. Furthermore, it has been observed that Romans 9–11 does not simply function as an “excursus” or an “appendix”. This chapter also studies the rhetorical strategy of Paul and the important dimensions to his use of scripture. Paul's three theological reflections (interpretive, social, and eschatological) are covered in this chapter as well.

Keywords:   faith, Romans 9–11, Paul, rhetorical strategy, scripture, theological reflection, interpretive reflection, social reflection, eschatological reflection

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