Christian Experience and Paul’s Logic of Solidarity: The Spiral Structure of Romans 5–8

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This essay investigates key aspects of the rhetorical structure of Romans 5–8 in relationship to Paul’s depictions of Christian experience. Taking Romans 5:1–5 as a blueprint for a trajectory of hope in chapters 5–8, I discuss three textual “detours” where Paul interrupts that trajectory: a rhetorical performance of life under sin (7:7–25), a depiction of union with all creation in suffering and hope (8:18–27), and a cry of lament (8:26). These rhetorical interruptions evoke Christian experience in solidarity with all creation—a solidarity that in turn displays Christ’s redemptive participation in the depths of all human dereliction, and thereby evokes hope.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Eastman, S

Published Date

  • January 1, 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 233 - 253

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2451-2168

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2083-2222

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.31743/biban.13513

Citation Source

  • Scopus