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Chapter Three: "A Disobedient and Contrary People" Isaiah in Romans 9:30-10:21

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In Romans 9:30-10:21, Paul traces the etiology of Israel's failure to embrace the gospel. The apostle's segue from Isaiah's proclarnation of hope for the remnant/seed of Israel (Rom 9:27-29, citing Isa 10:22-23; Isa 1:9) to an analysis of Israel's present disobedience replicates the rhetorical move found in Isaiah 1:9-10. Despite the glimmer of hope offered in Isaiah 1:9, in the very next verse the prophet abruptly renews his fierce indictment of God's unfaithful people. This chapter sketches briefly the function of Isaiah 8: 14 and 28: 16 in their immediate literary settings and also notes the significant interconnections between the two passages established within the book of Isaiah itself. From the vantage point provided by Romans 10:4, one can see that Paul has attempted an extremely bold redefinition of the Law. In Romans 1 0:5-6, Paul summons two witnesses, Moses and the personified "Righteousness from Faith".

Keywords: Isaiah; Israel; Moses; Paul; Romans 9:30-10:21

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