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1 A Contextual Conversation

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Locating the present comparison of Romans and Wisdom within the history of research requires, first, situating the particular question about Romans' relationship to Wisdom within the larger question about Paul's relationship to Judaism and, second, a review of previous comparisons of Paul and Wisdom. The significant history of comparing Romans and Wisdom indicates that readers of both texts have regularly agreed with Beverly Gaventa's judgment 'that they might profitably be read together'. And yet, because no such comparative project has offered a thorough reading of Wisdom, and because the identification of continuity and discontinuity has never been sufficiently followed by an exploration of its hermeneutical rationale and theological basis, it remains the case that 'the coincidences of topics between Paul's epistle to the Romans and Wisdom. have never been adequately studied and compared'.

Keywords: Beverly Gaventa's judgment; Judaism; Paul's relationship; Romans; Wisdom



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