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Purpose and Cause in Pauline Exegesis

Wendy Dabourne

Purpose and Cause in Pauline Exegesis

Wendy Dabourne

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Three factors prompt this re-examination of the underlying questions that shape mainstream exegesis of Paul's letters. Hermeneutical studies have destabilized assumptions about the nature of meaning in texts; the letters are usually characterized as pastoral but explicated as expressions of Paul's thought; and the impact of E. P. Sanders' work on Paul has sharpened exegetical problems in Romans 1.16-4.25. The outcome is a two-step method of exegesis that considers a letter first in the light of the author's purpose in creating it and second as evidence for the patterns of thought from which it sprang. The passage appears as pastoral preaching, helping the Romans to deal with the implications of the fact that the God of Israel is now accepting believing Gentiles on the same basis as believing Jews. Justification by grace through faith emerges as the theological understanding of God's action in Christ that grounds pastoral speech.

- Publisher '... one can only commend this provocative work.' Irish Theological Quarterly

- Publisher Wendy Dabourne is Minister of Kew Uniting Church, Melbourne, Australia. She was formerly Lecturer in New Testament Studies at the United Faculty of Theology, Melbourne.

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About "Purpose and Cause in Pauline Exegesis"

Three factors prompt this re-examination of the underlying questions that shape mainstream exegesis of Paul's letters. Hermeneutical studies have destabilized assumptions about the nature of meaning in texts; the letters are usually characterized as pastoral but explicated as expressions of Paul's thought; and the impact of E. P. Sanders' work on Paul has sharpened exegetical problems in Romans 1.16-4.25. The outcome is a two-step method of exegesis that considers a letter first in the light of the author's purpose in creating it and second as evidence for the patterns of thought from which it sprang. The passage appears as pastoral preaching, helping the Romans to deal with the implications of the fact that the God of Israel is now accepting believing Gentiles on the same basis as believing Jews. Justification by grace through faith emerges as the theological understanding of God's action in Christ that grounds pastoral speech.
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'... one can only commend this provocative work.' Irish Theological Quarterly
- Publisher

Wendy Dabourne is Minister of Kew Uniting Church, Melbourne, Australia. She was formerly Lecturer in New Testament Studies at the United Faculty of Theology, Melbourne.
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Table Of Contents

  • Abbreviations
  • 1. Asking New Exegetical Questions
  • 2. Exegesis Of Romans 1.16-4.25: The Basic Conception And Its Problems
  • 3. Romans 1.16-4.25: What Do We Want To Know?
  • 4. The Basis For Separating Presuppositions From Intended Address
  • 5. How To Trace What Paul Was Intending To Say To The Romans
  • 6. Working From The Problems Of Interpretation Within The Justification
  • Framework
  • 7. Paul's Purpose In Creating The Text
  • 8. The Nature Of The Text
  • 9. Hypothesis Describing Romans 1.16-4.25
  • 10. The Teleological Exposition Of Romans 1.16-4.25
  • 11. Testing The Teleological Reading
  • 12. The Causal Exposition Of Romans 1.16-4.25
  • 13. Review And Conclusion
  • Select Bibliography
  • General Index
  • Index Of Biblical And Other Ancient Literature.

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 142528
  • Product Code 0521640032
  • EAN 9780521640039
  • Pages 270
  • Department Academic
  • Category Scripture
  • Sub-Category Hermeneutics
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Jan 1999
  • Dimensions 216 x 140 x 16 mm
  • Weight 0.460kg

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