Paul's Use of the Old Testament in Romans 9: 1-9
This investigation builds upon recent developments in the study of Paul's use of Scripture that center around the concept of "intertextuality." Abasciano uses an exegetical method that incorporates into a thorough traditional exegesis a comprehensive analysis of Paul's use of...
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This investigation builds upon recent developments in the study of Paul's use of Scripture that center around the concept of "intertextuality." Abasciano uses an exegetical method that incorporates into a thorough traditional exegesis a comprehensive analysis of Paul's use of Scripture against the background of interpretive traditions surrounding the texts alluded to, with great emphasis placed on analyzing the original contexts of Paul's citations and allusions. Such an intertextual exegesis is conducted in Romans 9:1-9 with an awareness of the broader unit of chapters 9-11 especially, and also the epistle as a whole.
The study finds that many of the themes Paul deals with in Romans 9-11 are also present in ancient Jewish and Christian interpretive traditions surrounding the passages he invokes, and more importantly, that Paul's scriptural quotations and allusions function as pointers to their broad original contexts, from which he developed much of the form, content, and direction of his argument, holding significance for a number of exegetical details as well as broader themes and rhetorical movements. The final chapter seeks to draw conclusions concerning the significance of Paul's use of the Old Testament in Romans 9:1-9 for the exegesis and theology of Romans and for Pauline intertextuality. The identity of the true people of God is central to Romans 9-11 and the epistle. And Paul's use of Scripture is contextual and referential, calling for attention to Pauline intertextuality in standard exegetical procedure.
- Chapter 1: Introduction; Gives An Orientation To The Investigation And Discusses Methodology.; Chapter 2: Introduction To Romans 9-11 With Special Attention To Paul's Use Of The Old Testament; Provides A Thorough Discussion Of Introductory Matters Related To Romans 9-11 Such As Historical Background, Purpose, Theme, Structure, Etc., And A Review Of Literature Related To Paul's Use Of The Ot In The Chapters. Chapter 3: Paul's Use Of The Old Testament In Romans 9:1-5 Thorough Examination Of Exodus 32:32 And Its Broader Context [exodus 32-34], Comparison Of The Text Of Exodus 32:32 And Romans 9:3, Examination Of Relevant Ancient Interpretive Traditions Surrounding Exodus 32:32, And A Thorough Exegesis Of Rom 9:1-5 Based On This Background.; Chapter 4: Paul's Use Of The Old Testament In Romans 9:6-9 Thorough Examination Of Genesis 18:10, 14 And 21:12 And Their Broader Contexts Along With Relevant Ancient Interpretive Traditions, Comparison To The Text Of Romans And A Thorough Exegesis Of Rom 9:6-9 Based On This Background.; Chapter 5: The Significance Of Paul's Use Of The Old Testament In Romans 9:1-9 For The Exegesis And Theology Of Romans And For Pauline Intertextuality; Conclusions Are Drawn From The Study.