Exegetical notes on Romans 6:14 in dialogue with Pauline scholarship

Virtue in the Pauline letters: theological and ethics motifs in Pauline literature

1.1 Introductory notes to exegesis of Rom. 6:14

In Romans 5:12-21, a section that we aim to consider in light of a wider theological context for our interpretation of 6:14, Paul says that those who receive grace βασιλεύσουσι, ‘exercise dominion,’ διὰ τοῦ ἑνὸς Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, ‘through the one, Jesus Christ’ (5:17). We might note that according to 5:12-21 this activity of Christ ‘exercising dominion’ is set against sin in particular. In light of this particularity, we might note that some of the approaches to Paul that do not make sufficient reference to ‘agency’ as an interpretive category may not sufficiently explain the language that Paul uses in 6:14, namely, to be ‘under grace’, particularly the grace exercised ‘through the one, Jesus Christ’ (5:17). The interpretive connections between 5:17 and 6:14 therefore seem important for our analysis, and we attempt to discuss this further in the exegesis that follows. As an initial point, we find that these observations…

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