Provoked to Saving Jealousy

Reading Romans 9–11 as Theological Performance

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The history of interpretation indicates that Christian interpretations take Romans 9–11 as a single, coherently designed statement of doctrine. There are, of course, disagreements within the consensus, but most readers seem to share two basic assumptions: (1) the apostle had a particular point to make, which he crafted with perfect success, and (2) a good reading of the passage discovers that point and makes it understandable so it can be used to build or support a particular Christian teaching. At an angle to that tradition, I want to suggest that Romans 9–11 can perhaps also (if not more) fruitfully be read not as a tidy doctrinal treatise but as a torrid theological performance, a transfiguring work of art staged as a series of rhetorical moves and countermoves that in the end leaves us not with nothing but with more than we dared to imagine possible.

Pneuma

The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies

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18

See Dunn, The Theology of Paul the Apostle, 522.

23

See Hays, Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul, 66–67.

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