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Jerome Murphy-OʼConnor

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780192853424

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192853424.001.0001

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Looking Westward

Looking Westward

(p.323) 13 Looking Westward
Paul: A Critical Life

Jerome Murphy-oʼconnor

Oxford University Press

After relaying the bad news from Corinth, the messengers returned there. Paul promised a visit in the near future. After accompanying the collection to Jerusalem, he planned to go to Rome first and then to Spain. The chapter cites what biblical scholars speculate—Paul did not write the concluding part of his Letter to the Romans. Paul's choice of Spain may have been inspired by the eschatological vision of Isaiah. The origins of the church of Rome, like those in Damascus, were shrouded in obscurity. Spain, on the other hand, would be perfectly in keeping with Paul's Messianic understanding of his vocation as a responsibility to extend the kingdom of God to the limits of the known world.

Keywords:   Corinth, Jerusalem, Rome, Spain, Letters to the Romans, eschatological vision, Isaiah

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