A groundbreaking treatment of Paul's epistle based on new archaeological discoveries and a social-scientific study of early Christianity. Breaking free from abstract textual approaches, Jewett argues that the letter's primary purpose is to elicit support for Paul's forthcoming mission to the "barbarians" in Spain; and explores how its message radically reframes Roman concepts of honor and shame. 1250 pages, hardcover from Fortress.
Deeply conversant in the full range of questions and interpretations of the letter, Jewett's commentary explores the crucial and controverted passages that have always animated studies of Romans. Jewett also incorporates the exciting new insights from archaeology of the city of Rome, social history of early Christianity, social-scientific work on early Christianity, and the interpretation and reception of Paul's letter through the ages.
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