Bible Study: Romans Introduction

The Book of Romans

Introduction

7 January 2018

Luther’s thoughts:

“This epistle is the real chief part of the New Testament and the very purest gospel, which, indeed, deserves that a Christian not only know it word for word by heart but deal with it daily as with daily bread of the soul. For it can never be read or considered too much or too well, and the more it is handled, the more delightful it becomes, and the better it tastes.”

The book’s author and date:

Paul

AD 55 , end of third missionary journey – Romans 15:25-26, Acts 20:1-6

Called by God miraculously, struck blind, etc.

Missionary to Gentiles

“Servant of Jesus Christ”

“Apostle”

Place within the cannon:

NT

Pauline Epistle (letter)

Means it’s more of a “systematic” work, rather than a narrative or history or poetry

First among the Epistles, according to importance, not date

Audience and occasion:

The church in Rome

He longs to visit, but has been “prevented” (not because they’re Gentiles) – he eventually makes it and stays two years. Acts. 28:30

How the church at Rome began:

No one is named, but Romans are among those in Jerusalem at Pentecost. Surely these alo