The Mystery of Romans by Mark D. Nanos

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The Mystery of Romans: The Jewish Context of Paul's Letter 
by Mark D. Nanos

Paperback (May 1996) 
Fortress Pr
ISBN: 080062937X

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Winner of the National Jewish Book Award  for Jewish-Christian Relations

Paul's letter to the Romans is an example of Jewish correspondence, addressing believers in Jesus who are steeped in Jewish ways —whether of Jewish or gentile origin. Arguing against those who think Paul was an apostate from Judaism, Nanos maintains Paul's continuity with his Jewish heritage.

"Nanos views Romans through an insightful prism. His arguments are made with clarity and fairness." — Thomas H. Tobin, S.J., Loyola University of Chicago.

"Worthwhile reading for every student of Paul and for everyone interested in Jewish-Christian relations in the first century." — Sarah J. Tanzer, McCormick Theological Seminary

"Nanos's stress upon the Jewish background of Paul combined with the new perspective enables him to bring meaning from familiar texts in such a way that exciting new interpretive vistas are opened up." — William S. Campbell, Westhill College, University of Birmingham.

"A provocative new book on Paul that takes seriously the notion that Paul was a Jew within the Jewish community and yet also a person for whom the experience of Christ made an important difference.  This book will challenge older notions... and help build a new consensus."  — Alan F. Segal, Barnard College, Columbia University 


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