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ROMANS 9:6-13

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THEOLOGICAL CENTRE FOR ASIA

ROMANS 9:6-13

AN EXEGETICAL PAPER SUBMITTED TO

DR CHUL WOO LEE

IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF

THE REQUIREMENTS OF

BNT524 CONTEMPORARY HERMENEUTICS

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION 1

OVERVIEW OF ROMANS 9-11 1

TRANSLATION OF ROMANS 9:6-13 3

INNER TEXTURE 4

Repetitive Texture and Pattern 4

Opening-Middle-Closing Texture and Pattern 6

INTERTEXTURE 7

Oral-Scribal Intertexture 7

Social Intertexture 11

FOCUS: TRUE ISRAEL AND ELECTION 12

CONCLUSION 15

BIBLIOGRAPHY 17

INTRODUCTION

This exegetical paper will be dealing on Rom 9:6-13. In order to understand this passage, an overview of chapters 9 to 11 will be considered as it forms part of Paul’s discussion (although it is possible take into consideration the entire epistle, it is not necessary to discuss beyond the context). Next, a proposed translation of the text is done highlighting the variants that exists in the passage. Then, a socio-rhetorical analysis using inner texture and intertexture will be used to draw out a clearer understanding of the passage. Finally, with the help of the analysis, the meaning of true Israel and the understanding of sovereign election will be discussed. This understanding of this focus is fundamental in correcting, if any, the misinterpretation of God’s promises by the Jews and believers at Rome, and as well as for us today.

OVERVIEW OF ROMANS 9-11

Romans chapter 8 ends in a most glorious and victorious statement. Paul says that he is convinced that nothing is able to separate him and the believers from the love of God (Rom 8:38-39). However, he begins in chapter 9 with great heaviness and continual sorrow in his heart (9:2). It would seem strange to see a sudden shift in Paul’s attitude in the beginning of chapter 9. The relation of chapters 9 to 11 to their context – as well as, of course, their purpose – has been the subject of a great deal of scholarly discussion. At first glance, the discontinuity of this portion of the epistl...

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