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Chapter Two: "If the Lord of Hosts had not left us seed ... " Isaiah in Romans 9:1-29

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Chapter Summary

In Romans 9-11, scriptural testimonies entwine with Paul's own interpretive comments to create a majestic tapestry displaying the righteousness of the God of Israel. This chapter illuminates the artistry with which Paul interweaves explicit and allusive references to Isaiah into this thick web of scripture and interpretation. It shows convincingly that in Romans 9-10, Paul is already preparing the way for the eloquent encomium on God's mercy that brings his argument to a close in Romans 11. The problems Paul addresses in Romans 9-11 are adumbrated much earlier in the letter. Romans 9: 1 marks a sharp turn in the argument of the letter. The mood of triumphant confidence in God's unfailing, immutable love to "us" through Christ, so stirringly hymned by Paul in Romans 8:38-39, is shattered by a sudden outpouring of anguish over Israel's continuing resistance to the salvation that is theirs by inheritance.

Keywords: God; Isaiah; Israel; Paul; Romans 9:1-29; scriptural testimonies



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