The Root, the Remnant, and the Branches

Donald Sneen

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/1986

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

For centuries the man Paul was largely obscured by his letters, which were usually interpreted dogmatically. In the 1830s F. C. Baur initiated the historical-critical study of Paul and his letters, specifically Romans. Baur regarded the letter as addressed to Christians who had converted from the Jewish community. However, his view that the church in Rome was totally Jewish Christian in its constituency met with considerable opposition and was eventually modified. Today a growing number of scholars locate the origin and reason for writing Romans in Paul’s own life.

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