Topic 11 Romans. Church in Rome Not founded by Paul (1:13) – unknown who did. Christianity present by c. 49. Claudius expelled the Jews (and Jewish Christians). Suetonius: disturbances in Jewish quarter instigated “by Chrestus” (as if “Christ” were actually in Rome).
D. Date and place of writing
(Common agreement on # 1-2. Is there more?)
1:8-15 Thanksgiving – note longstanding desire to visit Rome.
1:16-17 Thesis statement (“heart of Romans”)
2) Gospel reveals “righteousness of God” – cont.
i) Bultmann (fol. Luther): forensic-eschatological view.
1) Freedom from Wrath (ch. 5)
2) Freedom from Sin (ch. 6)
3) Freedom from Law (ch. 7)
Paul as a Jew? Paul as a Christian? Christian understanding of himself as a Jew? Generic human experience?