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The study of Paul's understanding of God in his letter to the Romans has been undertaken in light of the renewed interest in recent years about the quest for God. In the first part of the study the author argues that Paul, together with other New Testament authors, gave expression to the historical conflicts over the law, mission, and group identity in the form of a controversy over the understanding of God. That is, Paul theologized the conflict. In the second part of the study, the author attempts to locate the centre of Paul's theology, i.e. Paul's basis when he interprets and modifies traditional statements about God. This is done by a closer study of Rom 4: I3-22. The tradition that Paul interprets here combines the interest in the steadfastness of God's promise with the quest for the identity of his people.

Keywords: God; New Testament; Paul's theology; Romans



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