Academic journal article Theological Studies

Apocalyptic Paul: Cosmos and Anthropos in Romans 5-8

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Apocalyptic Paul: Cosmos and Anthropos in Romans 5-8

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Apocalyptic Paul: Cosmos and Anthropos in Romans 5-8. Edited by Beverly Roberts Gaventa. Waco, TX: Baylor University, 2013. Pp. ix + 197. $34.95.

Under Gaventa's direction, several scholars (Martinus C. de Boer, Stephen Westerholm, Benjamin Myers, John M. G. Barclay, Philip G. Ziegler, Susan Eastman, and Neil Elliott) known for their studies on Paul's letters wanted to revisit Romans 5-8, a section of the letter less studied than Romans 1-4 and 9-11 during recent decades.

According to these experts, Romans 5-8 has an apocalyptic dimension that the commentators usually neglect because they insist on the impact of Paul's statements for individuals, probably because of Romans 7, where Paul is talking in the first person. Contrary to the opinion of the commentators, Gaventa and her collaborators think that the cosmic horizon should be taken into consideration. As she says, God's work of salvation is described in these chapters against a cosmic background; actually, according to Paul, "the Gospel has to do with a conflict between God and anti-god powers . …

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