God's Saving Work in the Letter to the Romans: Lectionary Texts for the Pentecost Season

Arland J. Hultgren

Article Type: Texts in Context

Publication Date: 4/1/1993

Issue: Literature (Vol. 13, No 2, Spring, 1993)

In our day interpreters have insisted that Romans should be read as a letter, not a theological text-book, and they are correct. Nevertheless, Romans stands as a towering monument to Paul’s theological, as well as literary, work. Though it is indeed a letter, it has a way of drawing the reader deeply into theological issues of importance. Its literary form serves its message, but its message transcends its form. The sixteen lectionary readings begin at Romans 3:21 and end at 14:9. The loss at the beginning and end of the letter is unfortunate, but the readings assigned are powerful and deserve a hearing in the church. Here we can deal with only six. Each of them proclaims the saving work of God in Christ, articulating it with a wide range of imagery.

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