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Chapter Five: "In Him will the Gentiles Hope" Isaiah in Romans 15

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Chapter Summary

This chapter focuses on the concluding sections of Romans, where Paul provides a summary restatement of the principal themes of his letter (15: 7-13) followed by a direct appeal to the Roman churches to support his ongoing mission to the Gentiles (15: 14-33). A citation from Isaiah figures prominently in each of the sections of the letter (15: 12, 21). Romans 15:7-13 functions both as a conclusion to the exhortations of 12: 1-15:63 and as a summation of the principal themes of letter as a whole. Arguably, these verses represent the climax of the entire epistle. Romans 15:14-33 offers an "apology" for Paul's letter and makes an appeal for assistance from the Roman churches for his planned missionary venture to the western Mediterranean. Paul turns in Romans 14: 1-15:6 to address a point of tension in the life of the Roman churches.

Keywords: Gentiles; Isaiah; Paul; Roman churches; Romans 15

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