The Mystery of Romans
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The Mystery of Romans          -     By: Mark D. Nanos

The Mystery of Romans

Fortress Press / 1996 / Paperback

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Paul's letter to the Romans, says Nanos, is an example of Jewish correspondence, addressing believers in Jesus who are steeped in Jewish ways-whether of Jewish or gentile origin. Arguing against those who think Paul was an apostate from Judaism, Nanos maintains Paul's continuity with his Jewish heritage.

Several key arguments here are: Those addressed in Paul's letter were still an integral part of the Roman synagogue communities. The "weak" are non- Christian Jews, while the "strong" included both Jewish and gentile converts to belief in Jesus. Paul as a practicing devout Jew insists on the rules of behavior for "the righteous gentiles."

Christian subordination to authorities (Romans 13:1-7) is intended to enforce submission to leaders of the synagogues, not Roman government officials. Paul behaves in a way to confirm the very Jewish portrait of him in Acts: going first to the synagogues.

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Title: The Mystery of Romans
By: Mark D. Nanos
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 424
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 1996
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 1.25 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 6 ounces
ISBN: 080062937X
ISBN-13: 9780800629373
Stock No: WW062937X

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Paul's letter to the Romans, says Nanos, is an example of Jewish correspondence, addressing believers in Jesus who are steeped in Jewish wayswhether of Jewish or gentile origin. Arguing against those who think Paul was an apostate from Judaism, Nanos maintains Paul's continuity with his Jewish heritage. Several key arguments here are:

Those addressed in Paul's letter were still an integral part of the Roman synagogue communities.

The "weak" are non-Christian Jews, while the "strong" included both Jewish and gentile converts to belief in Jesus.

Paul as a practicing devout Jew insists on the rules of behavior for "the righteous gentiles."

Christian subordination to authorities (Romans 13:1-7) is intended to enforce submission to leaders of the synagogues, not Roman government officials.

Paul behaves in a way to confirm the very Jewish portrait of him in Acts: going first to the synagogues.

Author Bio

Mark D. Nanos is lecturer at the University of Kansas and author of The Mystery of Romans (Fortress Press, 1996) and The Irony of Galatians (Fortress Press, 2002)

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