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Forensic Metaphors in Romans and Their Soteriological Significance

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In this chapter, "forensic" is used for matters dealing with penal law. It indicates that Romans in fact displays an impressive array of forensic images; and also shows that the prevalence of such imagery does not stamp Paul's theology as legalistic. The chapter determines which lexemes could qualify as forensic metaphors. It examines whether these lexemes were functioning as interconnected and interactive parts of a coherent image cluster. The chapter also examines the macro-structural implications and soteriological bearing of the findings. It has often been recognized that Romans is not a compendium of Paul's theology. It rather concentrates on what is for him the essence of his gospel: soteriology. To evaluate the impact of Paul's choice of forensic imagery, one needs to consider certain aspects of the historical and socio-cultural situation in which Romans was written.

Keywords: forensic metaphors; Paul's theology; penal law; Romans; soteriological significance



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