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Season 2, Episode 2 (2018)

The audience and purpose of Romans is a foundational matter of debate in the study of Paul's letters. In this episode, Kurt Willems 1) gives a broad background to the issues, 2) looks at the Romans Road as something that is an example of the wrong grid for the book, and 3) offers a 'within Judaism' approach to the audience and purpose of Romans. 


  • For a brief summary of the various approaches to Romans, see: Runar M. Thorsteinsson, Paul’s Interlocutor in Romans 2: Function and Identity in the Context of Ancient Epistolography, 114-121 and Neil Elliot, The Arrogance of Nation: Reading Romans in the Shadow of Empire, 13ff.
  • Also Read: Mark D. Nanos, “To the Churches in the Synagogues of Rome,” in Reading Paul's Letter to the Romans, ed. Jerry L. Sumney, ed., Resources for biblical study, edited by number, 73 (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012), 19–20. See also, Nanos, The Mystery of Romans, 372-387.


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