In what ways is the letter to the Romans
unique among the Pauline epistles? In particular, you should ask who the
recipients were, what their relationship to Paul was, and why he was writing to
them (e.g., in contrast to the other letters).
Many people take Romans 1:1617 to be
the fundamental theme of this letter. What do these verses indicate about
Paul’s “gospel” and its significance?
What are the major themes that Paul
develops through Romans 18? According to these chapters, why do people need to
be made righteous, how does God bring about justification (“being made
righteous”), and how does the Jewish Law figure into this act of justification?
Compare and contrast the judicial and
participationist models of salvation.
What is Paul’s position on God’s past
promises to Israel?
Why should believers in Christ behave
ethically, loving one another and “fulfilling” the Law, if salvation comes
completely apart from the Law?
In Romans, how does Paul show the
equality of Jews and Gentiles before God?
Rhetorically speaking, how does Paul frame
his letter to the Romans? How does this rhetorical strategy work?
What does faith mean to Paul?
What do we know about Paul’s
relationship with the Roman Christians following the composition of this