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"Romans 5-8 are explored, pressed, and at times―as they should be―simply celebrated. Every reader interested in Paul will benefit from this interplay of theology, exegesis, and subtle intertextuality, threaded through with church tradition. Perhaps most importantly, many of the apostle's most powerful and challenging thoughts are on display here at the hands of some of his most significant and gifted current interpreters."―Douglas A. Campbell, Associate Professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School

"This volume brings us into the company of seasoned Pauline scholars focused on the center of Paul's Epistle to the Romans. The conversation among these experts all sympathetic (though not all in the same way) to the designation of Paul as an 'apocalyptic' figure, reveals richly informed engagement with the text and honest wrestling with the large questions of cosmology and anthropology raised by Romans 5-8. Altogether the essays in this volume stand as a profoundly stimulating, challenging, crucial, and timely contribution to the conversation about Paul's interpretation of the gospel in what remains for the time being contested territory."―Alexandra Brown, Jessie Ball duPont Professor of Religion, Washington and Lee University

"We are indebted to Beverly Gaventa for this fine collection. This is an unusually strong series of studies by respected Paul scholars that should be of interest to anyone preaching and teaching from Romans, especially Romans 5-8."―A. Katherine Grieb, Professor of New Testament, Virginia Theological Seminary

"...this handsomely presented volume is surely welcome as an excellent sampling of the rich interpretive possibilities of apocalyptic for coming to grips with the cosmic dimensions of Paul's thought, not only in Rom 5–8 but in his letters in general. It will serve well as an introduction to apocalyptic for advanced students of Paul and as a scholarly contribution to the theological interpretation of Romans."―Timothy Gombis, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Review of Biblical Literature

"A fine introduction to the apocalyptic Paul."―Michael J. Gorman, St. Mary's Seminary and University, Interpretation

"Treat yourself to the complexity of this volume, but do so with your favorite translation of Romans 5-8 close in hand, never far from the artistry of Paul's narrative and the complexity of his own voice[Gaventa's collection] is a rich feast for those who hunger to learn ― and be challenged ― in our ongoing conversation with the Apostle Paul."―Sean Miller, Pastor of Potomac Presbyterian Church, The Presbyterian Outlook

"This book is a fantastic addition to Pauline and New Testament studies...All scholars, pastors, and students will find this book to be both intellectually stimulating and a helpful aid."―Jared Brown, Wheaton Blog

About the Author

Beverly Roberts Gaventa is Distinguished Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Baylor University. She has authored many books, including From Darkness to Light: Aspects of Conversion in the New Testament and Our Mother Saint Paul.
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  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press (September 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602589690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602589698
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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I like J.Louis Martyn's closing comments on dual agency. Anything written by Martyn is worth reading. I also thought Stephen Westerholm's chapter on "Righteousness, Cosmic and Microcosmic" was a helpful summary of the Jewish thought on righteousness and how radical Paul's departure was from it. John M.G. Barclay's article on "The Christ-Gift and the Construction of a Christian Habitus" was also helpful in understanding that the receiving of a gift also requires a response. Lastly, I thought Beverly Roberts Gaventa's article "the Shape of the 'I' in Romans 7" was also helpful. Like the Psalms Paul uses the first person pronoun to help the auditors personalize what it is like to be enslaved by sin. It is more about personalization that rather the it is as before or after Paul's conversion. Over all I would recommend the book.
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