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Romans 7 and Christian Identity
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1. Introduction; 2. Speech-in-character: a critical assessment; 3. Romans 3:7: the singularity and solidarity of 'I'; 4. Romans 6:12-19: life in the mortal body; 5. Romans 7.7-13: 'I' and Adamic solidarity; 6. Romans 7:14-25: 'I' and Christian identity; 7. Conclusion; Appendix 1: the first personal singular in Romans.

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This book provides a solution to one of the Bible's notorious cruxes, the identity of the speaking 'I' of Romans 7.

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Will N. Timmins is Lecturer in New Testament studies at Moore Theological College, Sydney.

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'Will N. Timmins has produced here one of the best close readings of Paul in recent years. Eschewing both standard interpretations and exegetical despair, this monograph provides an original approach to what is in danger of being regarded as an insoluble problem. In paying close attention to the place of the 'I' throughout Romans, Timmins shows how some leading interpretations have intractable difficulties, and points the way to a view which must surely be regarded as one of the strongest cases yet made for understanding Romans 7.' Simon Gathercole, University of Cambridge
'Timmins' book is a bold and subtle reframing of Romans 7, which will be sure to reinvigorate discussion of this controversial text. He convincingly undermines the recently popular reading of the chapter as 'speech-in-character', and makes what is probably the strongest possible case for taking this chapter as a description of the ongoing 'anthropological condition' of Christian believers. Timmins draws an important distinction between believers' 'intrinsic' and 'extrinsic' conditions, and thus opens up a significant agenda for fresh discussion about Pauline anthropology. The exegetical acumen and clear argumentation of this book are a delight to read, and its thesis will provoke and stimulate exegetes and theologians for years to come.' John Barclay, Durham University
'... Timmins's study deserves to be widely read. His argument advances a new and refreshing attempt to identify the speaker of Romans 7 as a Christian. Indeed, among current scholarship it is the finest study available for this position. Future studies of Romans 7 will need to engage this important contribution.' Jason Maston, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
'Will N. Timmins has produced here one of the best close readings of Paul in recent years. Eschewing both standard interpretations and exegetical despair, this monograph provides an original approach to what is in danger of being regarded as an insoluble problem. In paying close attention to the place of the 'I' throughout Romans, Timmins shows how some leading interpretations have intractable difficulties, and points the way to a view which must surely be regarded as one of the strongest cases yet made for understanding Romans 7.' Simon Gathercole, University of Cambridge
'Timmins' book is a bold and subtle reframing of Romans 7, which will be sure to reinvigorate discussion of this controversial text. He convincingly undermines the recently popular reading of the chapter as 'speech-in-character', and makes what is probably the strongest possible case for taking this chapter as a description of the ongoing 'anthropological condition' of Christian believers. Timmins draws an important distinction between believers' 'intrinsic' and 'extrinsic' conditions, and thus opens up a significant agenda for fresh discussion about Pauline anthropology. The exegetical acumen and clear argumentation of this book are a delight to read, and its thesis will provoke and stimulate exegetes and theologians for years to come.' John Barclay, Durham University
'... Timmins's study deserves to be widely read. His argument advances a new and refreshing attempt to identify the speaker of Romans 7 as a Christian. Indeed, among current scholarship it is the finest study available for this position. Future studies of Romans 7 will need to engage this important contribution.' Jason Maston, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

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