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Rm 1.11–15 (17): Proemium ou Propositio?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 November 2003

St Peter's Pontifical Institute, PB 5559, Bangalore 560055, India


Rom 1.16f. is often seen as the propositio of Romans. More specifically, if 1.17 summarizes the developments of chapters 1–8, v. 16b introduces chapters 9–11 and v. 16a points to the life programme of 12.1–15.13. However, Paul's explanation of his Roman visit in 15.14–33 ought not to be overlooked. Forming an inclusio with 1.8–15, it sets forth the main purpose of the letter. Therefore 1.8–15 is also to be considered as the propositio of the letter, to which vv. 16f. are subordinated in the same way as the theological consideration of Rom 1–11 are subordinated to Paul's mission perspectives.

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