An integrative, synergistic reading of Romans 1-3

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to analyze a theme cluster that meanders through the narrative fabric of Romans 1-3—the justice of God and the justice and injustice of people. The article (1) describes the literary scope and theological content of the theme cluster statements; (2) examines the plausibility of a relationship between humans and God; (3) critiques traditional interpretations of Paul's diverse descriptions of conduct; and (4) explains the intricacies of the theme cluster from the perspective of “synergy.” As a contextual reading strategy, synergy explores the complementary nature of the theme cluster. The analysis leads to the conclusion: a pessimistic anthropology attributed to Paul overshadows his statements about human and divine justice.

An integrative, synergistic reading of Romans 1-3

in Biblical Interpretation

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