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Title: The Rhetorical Approach: A Better Method for Interpreting the Letters of Paul?
Subtitle: Rom 1,18-3,20 as a Test Case
Author(s): ALETTI, Jean-Noël
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 100    Issue: 1   Date: 2019   
Pages: 105-116
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.100.1.3286052

Abstract :
Rm 1,18‒3,20 does not have the primary goal of recalling that all humanity is under the power of sin, but that 'No human being will be justified in his sight by works of the law' (Rom 3,20 RSV). In this subsection, the issue at stake is God’s justice and retribution and not primarily the injustice of humanity. In doing so, Paul follows the models of his day, and exegesis becomes pertinent if it takes account of these models.

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