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Episode 168: Reading Romans Backwards, with Scot McKnight

August 6th, 2019  •  47 mins 36 secs  •  Download (32.7 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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My guest is Scot McKnight. His newest book is "Reading Romans Backwards: A Gospel of Peace in the Midst of Empire." In it he argues that to read Romans from beginning to end, from letter opening to final doxology, is to retrace the steps of Paul. To read Romans front to back was what Paul certainly intended. But to read Romans forward may have kept the full message of Romans from being perceived. Reading forward has led readers to classify Romans as abstract and systematic theology, as a letter unstained by real pastoral concerns.