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Rhetoric, Law, and the Mystery of Salvation in Romans 7: 1-6

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Keith A. BurtonAssociate Professor, Department of Religion and Theology, Oakwood College, Alabama, USA

ISBN13: 9780773477087
ISBN: 077347708X
Published: June 2003
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: £84.95

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Many have come to conclusion that Romans 7: 1-6 indicated a deficiency in Paul's ability to construct a coherent argument. This study suggests that interpretive problems should be eliminated if the pericope is approached with the right methods. Romans 7: 1-6, examined as a rhetorical treatise, is a paradigmatic argument which is both structurally and logically coherent. A full understanding also demands a re-evaluation of the meaning and reference of ""law"" in Romans. Utilizing semantic analyses, the author suggests that ""law"" often refers to the Decalogue. In this pericope, Paul demonstrates how a sinful individual who is condemned by law is transformed into a spiritual individual who is commended by law.

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Previous analyses of Romans 7: 1-6; rhetoric of Romans; analogical argumentation in Romans; meaning and referrment of ""Nomos"" in Romans; references to ""Nomos"" in Romans 7: 1-6; suggested reading of Romans 7: 1-6. Appendices: Diagram of Joyce Little's sequential development theory; rhetorical analyses of illustration and application; chiastic structure of the argument; classical rhetoric - an overview; argument from analogy in the rhetorical handbooks; decalogue as essential Torah in Second Temple Judaism.