Individual and Community in Paul's Letter to the Romans

Individual and Community in Paul's Letter to the Romans

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Ben C. Dunson explores the relationship between individuals and community in Paul's letters. He begins with a treatment of scholarly views on the issue, paying special attention to the influential twentieth-century debate over the role of anthropology in Pauline thought that took place between Rudolf Bultmann and Ernst Kasemann, a debate that has greatly impacted the direction of current Pauline scholarship. Then, by comparing and contrasting Paul's thought with that of the Stoic philosopher Epictetus, he argues, by means of a typology of the individual in Romans, that the individual and community are tightly integrated concepts in Pauline thought, despite a dominant trend in Pauline scholarship of pitting communal themes against individual ones. He maintains that there is a rich diversity of ways of describing the individual in Romans, and furthermore, that central themes (faith, justification, church, etc.) in Paul's letters do not make sense unless individual and communal themes are seen in their inextricable unity.I especially want to thank Richard Gaffin, whose teaching, writings and personal example have tremendously influenced ... I am also very grateful for the generous financial support I have received from the Faculty of Westminster Theologicalanbsp;...

Title:Individual and Community in Paul's Letter to the Romans
Author: Ben C. Dunson
Publisher:Mohr Siebeck - 2012

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