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Title: The Alleged Rabbinic Background of Rom 3,31
Author(s): THOMPSON, R.W.
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 63 Issue: 1 Date: April 1987
Since most scholars prior to Hofius use non-rabbinic secondary sources (rather than the rabbis themselves) in their discussion of Rom 3,31, we will first investigate these scholars' use of those source (A). Then we will present the position which denies any rabbinic background to our text (B). Next we will examine the position of Hofius, inquiring wether he has decisively reopened the investigation (C). Following an evaluation of the hypothesis of the rabbinic background of Rom 3,31 (D) we will then investigate both the OT background of the verbs in that verse (E) as well as some Greek and Aramaic texts somewhat contemporary with it (F). Our final conclusion will be that, in fact there is no reason to understand καταργέω and ἱστάνω either as technical terms forming a unity or a pair, nor to consider them to be reflective of first-century rabbinic discussions of the Torah.