1. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the text and theology of Paul's letter to the Romans.
2. The Textbook for this course will be the commentary on Romans by Ernst Käsemann.
3. The pre-requisite for this course is Biblical Greek, and Biblical Textual Criticism.
4. At the conclusion of the lectures that follow, the student will be required to write a 10 page exegesis on a textual aspect of Romans of their choosing.
5. Your textbook can be ordered from The Campus Bookstore.
ASSIGNMENT: Read the textbook, the lectures below, and complete the assignment.
TIME: The expectation is that the student will be able to complete this course in one ten week quarter.
The Epistle to the Romans is, historically speaking, the most
significant text in the Bible. It was the foundation stone of
Augustine's theology. It was the bedrock of Luther's reform.
It was the text of choice among the dialectical theologians of
the early 20th century. It continues to speak to Christians of
every age and every circumstance.
The lectures which follow are designed to address the Greek text of the book. The notes following the verses are textual in nature. For the theological significance of the book and its introductory matters the student is referred to the commentary by Käsemann.
In textual studies certian manuscripts are more significant than others. Following is a list of Uncial manuscripts that have been consulted in this textual investigation (along with others). This list is merely representative and not exhaustive. Its purpose here is to give the student some idea of the wide attestation of the text of Romans: P10, P26, P27, P31, P40, P46, P61, ), C, 048, 0172, 0209, 0219, 0220, 0221.
In the text that follows, the textual base is the edition of Westcott and Hort. The student is required to collate (compare) this text with the text of Nestle-Aland 27. To do this the student need merely compare, word for word, the text found following and the text printed in Nestle, noting all variations, no matter how small. I do no comment on every variant in what follows; only the more significant. But, again, the student is required to note every variant.
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