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"The Name of God is Blasphemed Among the Gentiles Because of You"

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This chapter focuses more directly upon Paul's understanding of God versus his non-Christian Jewish opponents. Paul's intentions in the different passages vary; 3: 1-8 stand within a section dealing with God's judgment upon Jews and non-Jews, whereas the questions in chapters 9-II introduce Paul's defence of a continued salvation for the Jews. The objections in Romans 9 and II refer to traditional views on God, in most cases with a strong scriptural basis. Logically enough, Paul turns the accusations around and contests the traditional interpretation of faith in God. His opponents regarded his preaching of God as blasphemous. In return Paul characterizes their distorted rendering of his preaching as blasphemous. By misrepresenting Paul's message, his opponents give a false idea of God's salvation. Paul proclaims that he will now instead go to the Gentiles, leaving the Jews to the coming judgment.

Keywords: Gentiles; God; Jews; non-Christian Jewish opponents; Paul; Romans 9



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