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Unlocking Romans: Resurrection and the Justification of God
Kirk, J. R. Daniel

Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2008 pp. xiv + 245. $32.00

Description: If the God of Israel has acted to save his people through Christ, but Israel is not participating in that salvation, how then can this God be considered righteous? Unlocking Romans is directed in large extent toward answering this question in order to illuminate the righteousness of God as revealed in the book of Romans. The answer here, J. R. Daniel Kirk claims, comes mainly in terms of resurrection. Even if only the most obvious references in Romans are considered ó and Kirk certainly delves more deeply than that ó the theme of resurrection appears not only in every section of the letter but also at climactic moments of Paulís argument. The network of connections among Jesusí resurrection, Israelís Scriptures, and redefining the people of God serves to affirm Godís fidelity to Israel. This, in turn, demonstrates Paulís gospel message to be a witness to the revelation of the righteousness of God.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Romans, Literature

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Review by Jens Herzer
Published 2/6/2010
Citation: Jens Herzer, review of J. R. Daniel Kirk, Unlocking Romans: Resurrection and the Justification of God, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2010).

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