Paul Writes to the Greek First and also to the Jew: The Missiological Significance of Understanding Paul's Purpose in Romans

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Wu, Jackson. "Paul Writes to the Greek First and also to the Jew: The Missiological Significance of Understanding Paul's Purpose in Romans." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 56, no. 4 (Dec 2013): 765–79.

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When Paul wrote that salvation is “first” for the Jew and also for the Greek (Rom 1:16), he wrote those words first to the Greek and also to the Jew. To put it more simply, mission drives the theological agenda of Romans. This essay seeks to demonstrate exegetically that Paul wrote Romans in order to motivate the Roman church to support his mission to the “barbarians” in Spain. Paul purposely writes to “Greeks,” not simply “Gentiles.” The letter’s elaborate theology exists so that Paul might preach the gospel where Christ had not been known (cf. Rom 15:20). If this is the case, what are the implications for our own missiological and pastoral practice?

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Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
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