Limitations and Restrictions of My Thesis

     This post will continue with some aspects of my thesis project done for the M.A. New Testament at Trinity International University (Deerfield, USA):  

     Since Paul and the Law (Torah) is such a big endeavor, we need to limit it in its relation to ethics. Hence, we will not investigate the broad relationship of Paul and the Law, but we will only be able to give introductory and surveying statements at some point.

     This investigation will deal, for the most part, with the book of Romans and is thus limited in its scope. Further limitation within the book is the focus on Rom 13:8-10. Here now some justification needs to be given as to why an investigation is done on Rom 13:8-10. One of the major reasons for such is that it has not been done yet.[1] Further, close attention will be given to passages where the apostle explicitly quotes Torah in non-soteriological pericopes. However, it needs to be stressed that I do not propose a dichotomy between Paul’s theology (or kerygma/indicative) and his ethics (or didachē/imperative).[2] Hence Rom 13:8-10(or rather 12-15) and the moral concerns therein are not an “addendum to the theological argument.”  Yet Rom 13:8-10 is inviting for the investigation of the apostle’s usage of Torah.[3] It is in the statement found in this pericope were Paul makes the climactic statement about the Law (i.e., πλήρωμα νόμου ἀγάπη). Another reason is that “the role of the law [determines] the conduct of the multiethnic community described in 12:1-15:13.”[4] As Paul understands himself to be ἀπόστολος ἐθνῶν (Rom 11:13) it is all the more of interest to see his understanding of Torah. This will be done via close examination of Rom 13:8-10.

     In our next post, we will be dealing with definition of terms before we will move on with the subject matter.

[1]First Corinthians has been investigated more with the issue at hand in mind. See e.g. <!–[if supportFields]> ADDIN ZOTERO_ITEM CSL_CITATION {"citationID":"vKfQ8rao","properties":{"formattedCitation":"{\\rtf Brian S. Rosner, \\i Paul, Scripture, and Ethics: A Study of 1 Corinthians 5-7\\i0{}, 1st paperback ed., Biblical studies library Bd. 22 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1999).}","plainCitation":"Brian S. Rosner, Paul, Scripture, and Ethics: A Study of 1 Corinthians 5-7, 1st paperback ed., Biblical studies library Bd. 22 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1999)."},"citationItems":[{"id":197,"uris":[""%5D,"uri&quot;:[""%5D,"itemData&quot;:{"id":197,"type":"book","title":"Paul, Scripture, and Ethics: A Study of 1 Corinthians 5-7","collection-title":"Biblical studies library","collection-number":"Bd. 22","publisher":"Baker Books","publisher-place":"Grand Rapids, MI","number-of-pages":"248","edition":"1st paperback ed","event-place":"Grand Rapids, MI","ISBN":"0801022126","call-number":"BS2675.6.E8","shortTitle":"Paul, Scripture, and Ethics","author":[{"family":"Rosner","given":"Brian S."}],"issued":{"year":1999}}}],"schema":";} <![endif]–>Brian S. Rosner, Paul, Scripture, and Ethics: A Study of 1 Corinthians 5-7, 1st paperback ed., Biblical studies library Bd. 22 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1999).<!–[if supportFields]><![endif]–>
[2]See also <!–[if supportFields]> ADDIN ZOTERO_ITEM CSL_CITATION {"citationID":"gCUVu33S","properties":{"formattedCitation":"{\\rtf Hays, \\i The Moral Vision of the New Testament\\i0{}, 18.}","plainCitation":"Hays, The Moral Vision of the New Testament, 18."},"citationItems":[{"id":176,"uris":[""%5D,"uri&quot;:[""%5D,"itemData&quot;:{"id":176,"type":"book","title":"The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation: A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics","publisher":"HarperSanFrancisco","publisher-place":"San Francisco","number-of-pages":"508","edition":"1st ed","event-place":"San Francisco","ISBN":"006063796X","call-number":"BS2545.E8 H39 1996","shortTitle":"The Moral Vision of the New Testament","author":[{"family":"Hays","given":"Richard B."}],"issued":{"year":1996}},"locator":"18"}],"schema":";} <![endif]–>Hays, The Moral Vision of the New Testament, 18.<!–[if supportFields]><![endif]–>; <!–[if supportFields]> ADDIN ZOTERO_ITEM CSL_CITATION {"citationID":"7TFctsQ4","properties":{"formattedCitation":"{\\rtf Furnish, \\i Theology and Ethics in Paul\\i0{}, 98\\uc0\\u8211{}111.}","plainCitation":"Furnish, Theology and Ethics in Paul, 98–111."},"citationItems":[{"id":703,"uris":[""%5D,"uri&quot;:[""%5D,"itemData&quot;:{"id":703,"type":"book","title":"Theology and Ethics in Paul","publisher":"Westminster John Knox Press","number-of-pages":"300","ISBN":"0664233368","author":[{"family":"Furnish","given":"Victor Paul"}],"issued":{"year":2009}},"locator":"98-111"}],"schema":";} <![endif]–>Furnish, Theology and Ethics in Paul, 98–111.<!–[if supportFields]><![endif]–>
[3]Cf. <!–[if supportFields]> ADDIN ZOTERO_ITEM CSL_CITATION {"citationID":"SBQsKZpe","properties":{"formattedCitation":"{\\rtf Parsons, \\uc0\\u8220{}Being Precedes Act: Indicative and Imperative in Paul\\uc0\\u8217{}s Writing,\\uc0\\u8221{} 233.}","plainCitation":"Parsons, “Being Precedes Act: Indicative and Imperative in Paul’s Writing,” 233."},"citationItems":[{"id":706,"uris":[""%5D,"uri&quot;:[""%5D,"itemData&quot;:{"id":706,"type":"chapter","title":"Being Precedes Act: Indicative and Imperative in Paul’s Writing","container-title":"Understanding Paul’s Ethics: Twentieth Century Approaches","publisher":"Eerdmans; Paternoster Press","publisher-place":"Grand Rapids, MI : Carlisle, U.K","page":"217-247","event-place":"Grand Rapids, MI : Carlisle, U.K","ISBN":"0802807496","call-number":"BS2655.E8 U53 1995","editor":[{"family":"Rosner","given":"Brian S."}],"author":[{"family":"Parsons","given":"Michael"}],"issued":{"year":1995},"page-first":"217"},"locator":"233"}],"schema":";} <![endif]–>Parsons, “Being Precedes Act: Indicative and Imperative in Paul’s Writing,” 233<!–[if supportFields]><![endif]–> who writes that Rom 12:1-2“lends itself to analysis of indicative and imperative” which as noted above is his paradigm in understanding Pauline ethics. 
[4]<!–[if supportFields]> ADDIN ZOTERO_ITEM CSL_CITATION {"citationID":"3cQ9PVdQ","properties":{"formattedCitation":"{\\rtf Thompson, \\i Moral Formation\\i0{}, 120.}","plainCitation":"Thompson, Moral Formation, 120."},"citationItems":[{"id":661,"uris":[""%5D,"uri&quot;:[""%5D,"itemData&quot;:{"id":661,"type":"book","title":"Moral Formation According to Paul: The Context and Coherence of Pauline Ethics","publisher":"Baker Academic","publisher-place":"Grand Rapids, MI","event-place":"Grand Rapids, MI","ISBN":"978080103","shortTitle":"Moral Formation","author":[{"family":"Thompson","given":"James W."}],"issued":{"year":2011}},"locator":"120"}],"schema":";} <![endif]–>Thompson, Moral Formation, 120.<!–[if supportFields]><![endif]–>

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