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Rom 1:16–17: Gospel As God's Power For Salvation To All Believers

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Paul's letter to the Roman church has a long opening. After the prescript, Paul expresses thanksgiving and his wish to see the Roman Christians in Rom 1:8-15; then, he begins to unfold his main argument in Rom 1:16-17. The process of determining the topicality of Rom 1:16-17 consists of investigations in three areas. The first area is the structure of this subunit. The second area is the semantic domains, and the third is the logical relations in Rom 1:16-17. As a transition, Rom 1:16-17 serves not only as the conclusion to the prescript, but also as an introduction of the body of the letter. Finally, according to focality, it seems that Paul also has an intention to emphasize the universal nature of the God's salvation, and he has both Jews and Gentiles in mind as the beneficiaries of God's salvation.

Keywords: focality; Gentile; God's salvation; Jew; Paul's gospel; Roman Christian; topicality of Rom 1:16-17



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