By Neil Elliott
Within the Rhetoric of Romans, Neil Elliott offers a rhetorical- serious examining of the letter that shows that Paul wrote, to not counter Jewish rivals or features of the Jewish faith, nor to legitimize the law-free gentile church, yet to warn opposed to components of the Hellenistic church's Christology and an incipient Christian supersessionism that threatened the gathering in Jerusalem and the center of his apostolic paintings.
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2 Watson's answer, that ch. 2 indicts especially Jewish teachers, and that just this indictment would have appealed to the 1 Francis Watson, Paul, Judaism, and the Gentiles (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986), p. 98; emphasis added. , p. 113; cf. pp. 113-15. S. Campbell, 'Did Paul Advocate Separation from the Synagogue? A reaction to Francis Watson: Paul, Judaism, and the Gentiles: A Sociological Approach', SJT 41 (1988), pp. 1-11. 36 The Rhetoric of Romans Jewish Christian rank and file in Rome, seems frail support for the weight Watson must put on ch.
339-40). There is no evidence that ancient Judaism anywhere held out an alternative, more 'open', 'lenient', or 'relaxed' standard of covenant membership for Gentiles (Schiirer, History, III, p. 169; Kasemann, Romans, p. 2 , pp. 173-94; John Collins, Between Athens and Jerusalem: Jewish Identity in the Hellenistic Diaspora [New York: Crossroad, 1983], p. 167). To speak as does Martin Hengel (Judaism and Hellenism, trans. John Bowden [Philadelphia: Fortress, 1975], I, p. 313) of Judaism having to 'stoop to constant and ultimately untenable compromises' regarding Gentiles is tendentious.
At this point it is appropriate to focus attention on the other pole of the 'double 1 Campbell, 'Revisiting Romans', p. 8; see idem, The Freedom and Faithfulness of God in Relation to Israel', JSNT 13 (1981), pp. 27-45; and Campbell's University of Edinburgh dissertation, 'The Purpose of Paul in the Letter to the Romans: A Survey of Romans 1-11 with Special Reference to Chapters 9-11'. 2 Campbell, 'Romans III', p. 31. Introduction 43 character' problem, the circumstances of the Christian congregation in Rome, and to set out what can be ascertained about the historical situation at the time the letter was written.