Monday, July 2, 2007
why did Paul write Romans?
I'm glad you asked. Rom 1.5 and 16.26 are quite significant. Both include the phrase "the obedience of faith among all nations." Obviously translations vary, but the Greek is nearly identical [eis hupakoen pisteos en pasin tois ethnesin]. This highlights the whole purpose for the epistle. Many say the reason for Romans is in 1.16-17. However, that fits under the rubric of this inclusio. Just as Psalm 8 begins and ends with the same phrase for emphasis, Paul opens and closes his magnum opus in the same manner to shed light on everything in between.