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Thanksgiving for a Church Unknown to Paul: Rom. 1:8ff.

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The introductory thanksgiving of Paul's letter to the Romans has formal and structural similarities with, as well as differences from, others in the Pauline corpus. The function of the introductory thanksgiving and its place in the letter were integrally related to Paul's purpose in writing to the Roman Christians, and his relations with them. Paul gives thanks for the love and faith of the Colossians in general, and Philemon in particular without specifically mentioning the quality of the faith, unless it be considered that the love which flowed from the faith pointed to its character. Paul 's petition was a prayer in the form of a question, and was similar to the sighs of the Psalmists. The thanksgiving and petitionary prayer in Rom. 1:8ff. are different from those examined in that they relate to a church which lay outside the scope of his apostolic activity.

Keywords: Colossians; Paul 's petition; Psalmists; Roman Christians; Roman church

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