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Title: Romans 12,17-13,7 and the Justice of God
Subtitle: Two Neglected Features of Paul's Argument
Author(s): OCHSENMEIER, Erwin
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 89 Issue: 4 Date: 2013
The justice of God and Rom 12,17–13,7 usually live separate lives in Romans studies. Yet two neglected features in these verses show that they should be taken into account in debates about the justice of God in Romans: the use of the ἐκδικ- vocabulary, which is part of the vocabulary of justice; and the use of the Song of Moses, widely recognized as defending God’s justice and from which the ἐκδικ- vocabulary is taken. Yet these two features are almost universally neglected. This article first justifies reading Rom 13,1-7 in its immediate context. It then examines the ἐκδικ- vocabulary used by Paul as well as his use of the Old Testament, especially of the Song of Moses. It then offers a short commentary of Rom 12,17–13,7 and concludes with some short comments on the implications of the suggestions developed here for reading Romans.