The New Testament

A Historical and Theological Introduction

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29. Romans

Questions for Research and Discussion

  1. Provide a detailed outline of Romans 1–11, paying special attention to how Paul proceeds logically.
  2. How does Romans 12–16 fit with the rest of the document? How does Romans 12:1–2 serve as a pivot point in Paul’s logic?
  3. Where does Paul see justification by faith in the OT? How does the verb “to reckon” help him make his case?
  4. What are the options for interpreting Romans 7:7–25? Which do you find most compelling and why?
  5. What does the reference to women in Romans 16 imply about the role that women played in the earliest Christian communities?