The rhetoric of Abraham's faith in Romans 4

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Wanamaker, Charles A en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Tan, Andrew Kim Seng en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-20T07:00:12Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-20T07:00:12Z
dc.date.issued 2016 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Tan, A. 2016. The rhetoric of Abraham's faith in Romans 4. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20496
dc.description.abstract The situation in the Letter to the Romans is one of dissension between Judean and gentile Christians. This dissension is deep seated because it occurs along the fault lines of Judean ethnic identity. Here, Judean Christians define their ethnic identity in terms of possessing the Mosaic law. Two factors aggravate this dissension. First, ethnic identity resists changes. Second, the audience is situated within the Mediterranean agonistic culture where honour is the most sought after limited good. This moves Judean Christians to use the Mosaic law to gain honour from gentile Christians. From a Judean emic perspective, the Mosaic law gains them righteousness. This righteousness is not only a social marker. More importantly, it is a socio-ethical construct that seeks to gain them honour in the eyes of the significant other, God. Consequently, gentile Christians are considered as inferior by Judean Christians. To alleviate this dissension, Paul uses the rhetoric of Abraham's trust (faith) that takes a two-pronged approach. He first undermines the Mosaic law as a means for Abraham to attain a worldwide fatherhood that makes Judeans Abraham's descendants. Paul next explains how trust in God gains Abraham a worldwide fatherhood so that both Judean and gentile Christians can become descendants of Abraham. In this way, Judean Christians' boast toward gentile Christians, and hence, dissension between these two groups are removed. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Religious Studies en_ZA
dc.title The rhetoric of Abraham's faith in Romans 4 en_ZA
dc.type Doctoral Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Religious Studies en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Tan, A. K. S. (2016). <i>The rhetoric of Abraham's faith in Romans 4</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Religious Studies. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20496 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Tan, Andrew Kim Seng. <i>"The rhetoric of Abraham's faith in Romans 4."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Religious Studies, 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20496 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Tan AKS. The rhetoric of Abraham's faith in Romans 4. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Religious Studies, 2016 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20496 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Tan, Andrew Kim Seng AB - The situation in the Letter to the Romans is one of dissension between Judean and gentile Christians. This dissension is deep seated because it occurs along the fault lines of Judean ethnic identity. Here, Judean Christians define their ethnic identity in terms of possessing the Mosaic law. Two factors aggravate this dissension. First, ethnic identity resists changes. Second, the audience is situated within the Mediterranean agonistic culture where honour is the most sought after limited good. This moves Judean Christians to use the Mosaic law to gain honour from gentile Christians. From a Judean emic perspective, the Mosaic law gains them righteousness. This righteousness is not only a social marker. More importantly, it is a socio-ethical construct that seeks to gain them honour in the eyes of the significant other, God. Consequently, gentile Christians are considered as inferior by Judean Christians. To alleviate this dissension, Paul uses the rhetoric of Abraham's trust (faith) that takes a two-pronged approach. He first undermines the Mosaic law as a means for Abraham to attain a worldwide fatherhood that makes Judeans Abraham's descendants. Paul next explains how trust in God gains Abraham a worldwide fatherhood so that both Judean and gentile Christians can become descendants of Abraham. In this way, Judean Christians' boast toward gentile Christians, and hence, dissension between these two groups are removed. DA - 2016 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2016 T1 - The rhetoric of Abraham's faith in Romans 4 TI - The rhetoric of Abraham's faith in Romans 4 UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20496 ER - en_ZA


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