When in Romans: An Invitation to Linger with the Gospel According to Paul (Theological Explorations for the Church Catholic)

When in Romans: An Invitation to Linger with the Gospel According to Paul (Theological Explorations for the Church Catholic) Beverly Roberts Gaventa
  • Title: When in Romans: An Invitation to Linger with the Gospel According to Paul (Theological Explorations for the Church Catholic)
  • Author: Beverly Roberts Gaventa
  • ISBN: 9780801097386
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When in Romans: An Invitation to Linger with the Gospel According to Paul (Theological Explorations for the Church Catholic) Beverly Roberts Gaventa When in Romans An Invitation to Linger with the Gospel According to Paul Theological Explorations for the Church Catholic Invites Readers of Romans to Expand Their View of God and the Gospel When reading the book of Romans we often focus on the quotable passages making brief stopovers and not staying long enough to gra
    Invites Readers of Romans to Expand Their View of God and the Gospel When reading the book of Romans, we often focus on the quotable passages, making brief stopovers and not staying long enough to grasp some of the big ideas it contains Instead of raiding Paul s most famous letter for a passage here or a theme there, leading New Testament scholar Beverly Roberts Gaventa iInvites Readers of Romans to Expand Their View of God and the Gospel When reading the book of Romans, we often focus on the quotable passages, making brief stopovers and not staying long enough to grasp some of the big ideas it contains Instead of raiding Paul s most famous letter for a passage here or a theme there, leading New Testament scholar Beverly Roberts Gaventa invites us to linger in Romans She asks that we stay with the letter long enough to see how Romans reframes our tidy categories and dramatically enlarges our sense of the gospel.Containing profound insights written in accessible prose and illuminating references to contemporary culture, this engaging book explores the cosmic dimensions of the gospel that we read about in Paul s letter Gaventa focuses on four key issues in Romans salvation, identity, ethics, and community that are crucial both for the first century and for our own As she helps us navigate the book of Romans, she shows that the gospel is far larger, wilder, and unsettling than we generally imagine it to be.
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    1. After reading another review with misleading and incorrect information, I feel like I have to say something about this book First, this is written by one seminary professor who is also the former president of an important biblical studies society Not, as another reviewer said a college professor and a bunch of students The fact that the reviewer missed this basic point should also make you wary of the assessment that it is written poorly the writing is clear and well organized The fact that a bo [...]

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    2. For many Christians, Paul s letter to the Romans is one of the intimidating parts of the New Testament This is both understandable and unfortunate Romans is, after all, an undeniably complex letter, with both occasional and systematic dimensions And in case we forget its historic significance, the Pauline scholar Michael Gorman reminds us that Romans has spawned conversions, doctrines, disputations, and even a few reformations 2004, p.338.A feeling of slight trepidation when embarking on a stud [...]

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    3. A challenging reappraisal of Paul s letter the Romans that locates within this letter a degree of inclusiveness rarely attributed to Paul Gaventa s reading of Romans highlights the concept that faith, like grace, is a gift bestowed upon us and not a decision made She challenges us to think beyond our Western ideals of self control and self sufficiency to locate these life changing gifts and become warriors for the kind of universal justice that Paul challenges us to seek justice not simply from [...]

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    4. This is a short book designed to be an introduction to the book of Romans It is a quick read and even though it is designed as an introductory resource it is also insightful.

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    5. A well written book giving new insights on Paul s most famous letter A very readable book, focusing on not just the familiar quotes, but written for ordinary folks and is easy to read and has many references to popular culture.

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    6. Whole book interesting perspective on Paul s writing there s to Paul than many of us ahve been taught through the years I especially liked the Conclusion.

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    7. In this collection of revised lectures, New Testament scholar Beverly Gaventa offers a generous interpretation of Romans If we read selectively, she warns, we might miss Paul s broader themes These include the sovereignty of God, a cosmic even universal view of salvation, and consistent admonishments for Roman Christians not to think of themselves highly than others.The Earle Lectures on Biblical Literature, Nazarene Theological Seminary, 2013 and the Currie Lectures, Austin Presbyterian Theolo [...]

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    8. Great read for non clergy who feel confused and overwhelmed by Romans A good overview of Paul s themes, and some likely surprising insights about what he might mean.

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