The Social Significance of Reconciliation in Paul's Theology: Narrative Readings in Romans
New York: T&T Clark, 2010 pp. 272. $120.00
Library of New Testament Studies, 421
Description: Traditional exegetical scholarship has treated Paulís presentation of reconciliation as referring to reconciliation between people and God, and has primarily focused use of the word katallage - traditionally translated as Ďatonementí. Constantineanu challenges this view and argues that Paulís understanding of the concept is more complex, employing rich symbolism to describe reconciliation with God and between human beings forming together an inseparable reality. The discussion is placed within Paulís overall religious, social and political contexts, showing that an analysis of the social dimension of reconciliation in his thought is both plausible and necessary.
Constantineanu offers an analysis of two major sections of Romans, chapters 5-8 and 12-15. Special emphasis is placed on Paulís use of the story of Jesus for community formation, for the shaping of identity, values and community practices. It is thus demonstrated that for Paul Godís reconciling initiative, shown in the crucifixion, is not only the pronouncement of Godís reconciling the world, but also the ground and model for reconciliation among human beings.
Review by Robert Jewett
Citation: Robert Jewett, review of Corneliu Constantineanu, The Social Significance of Reconciliation in Paul's Theology: Narrative Readings in Romans, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).
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