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Romans 1:1-18 as a key to the Romans

Outline:

The Problem---------------------------------------------- 1

Introduction--------------------------------------------- 3

I. Methodology and the theses used----------- 5

II. Form: Epistolary analysis--------------------- 8

A. Analysis on Pauline Epistles, Other NT Letters and Selected Letters of the Apostolic Fathers----- 8

    1. The Analysis on the Opening Formulae-------- 8
    1. The Identification of Sender---------------- 8
    2. Designation of Recipient-------------------- 10
    3. Greeting ------------------------------------ 11

2. The Analysis on the Thanksgivings------------ 12

B. Comparative Analysis of Greek and Christian Epistles with Special Attention to Romans 1:1-18 ---------------------------------------------------------15

    1. The Analysis on the Opening Formulae ------ 15
    1. The Identification of Sender---------------- 15
    2. Designation of Recipient-------------------- 16
    3. Greeting ------------------------------------ 18

2. The Analysis on the Thanksgivings------------ 21

  1. Conclusion ------------------------------------------- 23 

III. Structure ------------------------------------------- 24

  1. Structure Analysis----------------------------------- 24

1. Form: Epistolary analysis-------------------- 25

    1. Structure: Literary and Theological Analysis ------------------------------ 27

    1. What are the functions and roles of the opening section and thanksgiving?------27
    2. What are the extent, theological connections and functions of the theme (1:16-17/18)? How is it related to the whole book?------------------------------28
    3. What is the relationship of chaps. 1-4, and 5-8? How they are connected? ---- 37
    4. What is the relationship of chaps. 1-8, and 9-11? ------------------------------- 43
    5. How is the paraenesis structured and what is its relationship with the other parts of the book? ---------------------- 46

B. Structure of Romans: A Proposal------------------ 47

IV. Conclusion---------------------------------------------- 54

Bibliography------------------------------------------------ 55

Appendix I: Summary of Rhetorical Analysis on Pauline Epistles------------------ 76

Appendix II: The Transfer model seen in 5:12-8:17---- 81