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9 Paul’s Reading of Restoration: Further Considerations

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This chapter continues to fill out Paul's reading of Israel's restoration narrative by focusing on Romans 5-8. Romans 7:5-6 provides an obvious entry point as Paul's well-known, though rare, contrast between Spirit and Letter associates the two texts at a thematic and linguistic level. In order to elucidate the competency that Paul believes the moral agent to possess in the new word-aeon, the chapter first considers the nature of its enslavement under the old. Having established the nature of life in the Flesh (7:5), the chapter considers how Paul conceives liberation from Sin, and how human agency functions in its liberated existence. The consideration of the other side of Paul's contrast in 7:6 has shown how the incompetence of the Flesh to produce anything other than death has found its solution in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Keywords: aeon; human agency; Israel's restoration narrative; Jesus Christ; Paul; Romans



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