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Educating The Divided Soul In Paul And Plato: Reading Romans 7:7–25 And Plato’S Republic

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What then shall we say? Is the Law Sin? May it never be! So begins Pauls monologue in Rom 7:725. This chapter engages in a reading of Platos Republic, with particular attention to Books 4 and 9, with the aim of describing Platos theory of the soul, human motivation, justice, and nomistic education. It argues that in 7:712 Paul depicts Israels reception of the Law at Sinai as a paradoxical event, an event which was intended to educate and thereby curb Israels passions. The chapter examines the tyrant, paying attention to the psychic interplay between his reasoning and appetitive part, and the reason why Plato describes him as the most unhappy and miserable figure of all. It argues that Plato sees the reasoning part of the soul as maintaining its rightful place only through a process of philosophic and nomistic education.

Keywords: nomistic education; Paul; Republic; Rom 7:725; tyrant



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