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Individual and Community in Paul's Letter to the Romans
Dunson, Ben C.

TŁbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012 pp. xii + 217. Ä59.00

Series Information
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe, 332

Description: Ben C. Dunson explores the relationship between individuals and community in Paulís letters. He begins with a treatment of scholarly views on the issue, paying special attention to the influential twentieth-century debate over the role of anthropology in Pauline thought that took place between Rudolf Bultmann and Ernst Kšsemann, a debate that has greatly impacted the direction of current Pauline scholarship. Then, by comparing and contrasting Paulís thought with that of the Stoic philosopher Epictetus, he argues, by means of a typology of the individual in Romans, that the individual and community are tightly integrated concepts in Pauline thought, despite a dominant trend in Pauline scholarship of pitting communal themes against individual ones. He maintains that there is a rich diversity of ways of describing the individual in Romans, and furthermore, that central themes (faith, justification, church, etc.) in Paulís letters do not make sense unless individual and communal themes are seen in their inextricable unity.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Romans, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Ethics

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Review by Jason Weaver
Published 6/4/2013
Citation: Jason Weaver, review of Ben C. Dunson, Individual and Community in Paul's Letter to the Romans, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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