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Roman Christianity and Roman StoicismA Comparative Study of Ancient Morality$
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Runar M. Thorsteinsson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199578641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578641.001.0001

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Paul's Letter to the Romans

Paul's Letter to the Romans

(p.89) 6 Paul's Letter to the Romans
Roman Christianity and Roman Stoicism

Runar M. Thorsteinsson (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents and examines Paul's moral teaching in his letter to the Romans (written ca. 55–58 CE). It is Romans 12–15 in particular that is under discussion, a passage which appears to have played a key role in the formation of Roman Christian morality. Following a general discussion of the epistolary setting of Paul's letter, its moral teaching is presented and examined. The study shows that, for Paul, love was the primary virtue. In his letter, the apostle urges mutual love and respect among the members of the Christ-believing community. He lays special emphasis on the ethic of adaptability, namely, that the ‘strong’ members of the community must adapt to the needs of the ‘weak’.

Keywords:   Paul, Romans, love, respect, adaptability, strong, weak

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