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9 Concluding the Conversation

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This chapter discusses the question: how would the Diaspora Jew who wrote the Wisdom of Solomon engage and evaluate the theology of Paul's letter to the Christians in Rome? The question has proven to be a precise conclusion to this contextual conversation: scandalous and foolish captures the double-offense that has characterised our reconstructed reaction of the author of Wisdomto Romans. The chapter attempts to answer this essential hermeneutical question by reviewing and linking the argumentative threads in an effort to specify the theological incommensurability of Romans and Wisdomand thus to identify the material cause of Wisdom's offence. The reading of Wisdom gave voice to a text with an expansive theological and cosmological vision, one in which God's illimitable love is comprehended within the operations of his immutable justice. For Wisdom, the bedrock of theological reality is the axiomatic status of a carefully and equitably ordered cosmos.

Keywords: Christians; God's illimitable love; Paul's letter; Rome; Wisdom of Solomon



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