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Pauls Definitions of the Gospel in Romans 1 Robert Matthew Calhoun

Pauls Definitions of the Gospel in Romans 1

Robert Matthew Calhoun

Published December 31st 2011
ISBN : 9783161509490
Paperback
270 pages
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Early in Romans, Paul gives two definitions of gospel. The ancient philosophical and rhetorical theory on definition instructs that it should concisely state the essence and function of the definiendum. Robert Matthew Calhoun shows that PaulsMoreEarly in Romans, Paul gives two definitions of gospel. The ancient philosophical and rhetorical theory on definition instructs that it should concisely state the essence and function of the definiendum. Robert Matthew Calhoun shows that Pauls definitions conform closely to this instruction. In 1:2-4, the apostle declares the essence of the gospel as Christs fulfillment of Gods promises in the scriptures. In 1:16-17, he specifies its function as Gods power for salvation, and as the agent of the revelation of divine justice. Paul utilizes sophisticated tactics of brevity, and he exploits ambiguities in the terminology and syntax. These strategies enable him to return to his definitions in his subsequent arguments in order to recombine their component terms, bringing forward latent meanings and implications.