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Adam, Christ, and the Law in Romans 5-8

Byrne, Brendan (2011) Adam, Christ, and the Law in Romans 5-8. In: Celebrating Paul: Festschrift in Honor of Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, O.P., and Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J. Catholic Biblical Quarterly Monograph Series(48), ed. Spitaler, Peter. Catholic Biblical Association of America, Washington, DC, pp. 210-232. ISBN 0-915170-47-7

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This article asks why the topic of the (Mosaic) Law continues to be a central issue in Romans beyond chapter 1-4, where Paul would appear to have established definitively that eschatological righteousness is attained through faith rather than through doing the 'works of the law'. The article responds that the Law continues to be a central issue because Paul had to address a view among those he intended to visit in Rome that the righteousness required for the gaining of eternal life was inconceivable apart from practice of the Law. Paul, in chapters 5-8, demonstrates that an intrinsic nexus between sin and death on the negative side, shown in the figure of Adam, is more than matched by an equally intrinsic nexus between righteousness and life on the positive side, mediated through Christ as counterpart to Adam. The law, which might have been thought to exempt one people (Israel) from the Adamic situation, paradoxically because of human sinfulness, served to place that people in precisely that situation, whence one representative both of Israel and humanity as a whole—Christ—as instrument of grace's victory over sin, has opened the way to righteousness and eternal life for all.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Romans, Adam, Law of Moses, Righteousness, Sin, Grace, Life
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950406 Religious Traditions (excl. Structures and Rituals)
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-JTC: United Faculty of Theology - Jesuit Theological College
Depositing User: Prof. Brendan Byrne
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2012 23:10
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2015 00:28
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1050

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