Sacrifice in Romans 12-15

Calvin J. Roetzel

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/1986

Issue: Romans (Vol. 6, No 4, Fall, 1986)

Thus the tendency to read chapters 1-8 as the supreme statement of Paul’s theology and chapters 12-15 as an appended parenesis overlooked the way the latter served Paul’s broader epistolary purposes. But what were those purposes? What the queries show is that the letter to Rome was more than Christian apologetic and 12-15 more than abstract exhortation. These last chapters were bound not only to the gospel Paul interpreted but also to his experience in the east and his anticipated visit to the west.

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