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Paul At The Ball: Ecclesia Victor And The Cosmic Defeat Of Personifi By Edevil In Romans 16:20

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This chapter argues that there is a lengthy interpretive tradition that stems from Genesis 3:15, and follows the diachronic storyline within Jewish reflection upon this text-it assumes some sort of intertextuality between Genesis 3:15 and Romans 16:20. This, of course, is contested; but it is rather difficult to deny the thematic parallel despite the lexical and linguistic difficulties. The chapter discusses the Pauline peculiarities of this tradition, and offers an according exegesis. It examines our exegesis of Romans 16:20 as it relates to the rest of the letter. The chapter assumes that ch. 16 is part of the original, and not a later interpolation. Further it concerns ourselves primarily with the book of Romans as opposed to a full-blown Pauline theology. The promise of Romans 16:20 is exactly the sort of message the fractured church of today needs to both hear and implement.

Keywords:church; Genesis 3:15; Jewish reflection; Pauline theology; Romans 16:20



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