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Gentiles helping Jerusalem

posted by xscot mcknight

Before Paul heads to Spain, Romans 15:25-29 tells us, he will return to Jerusalem with a bundle of money and gifts for the saints in Jerusalem. Wright sees the theology of Paul, as expressed in Romans (esp 14–15), in this collection for the saints.
Paul spent energies on collecting funds for the saints in Jerusalem. There are all kinds of debates about that collection, and Wright disagrees with one of the points I make in my article (that it had an eschatological shape to it) — but who am I when it comes to Pauline scholarship?, but Wright’s point is certainly central: this gift would demonstrate the unity of Gentiles with Jews in the faith of the Messiah.
Paul’s hope was probably realized in part, though Luke tells us almost nothing (Acts 24:17). What happened was that Paul got arrested and his life took on a new turn: he ended up in that prison above the Roman forum preaching the gospel in Rome, but not as he planned.
He then asks them to pray for him — and that the God of peace may be with them.



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Duane Young

posted October 20, 2006 at 2:15 pm


I sense this study to be winding down. Before you get too close to the end I want to express my joy and delight in following this over the last several months. You are “da man” when it comes to meaningful blogging. I hope you have another similar study in mind. It is usually the first thing I go to in the morning. Thanks for all your work on this. I trust you got much from it too. In my experience the very act of teaching is an act of learning. Blessings to you.



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Dana

posted October 21, 2006 at 8:37 am


Hi Scot Duane and folks: Certainly it is worth looking at that Paul took up the offering, gathered the funds, ministry doesn’t run on faith without works. Something that is a hair split issue in Baptist circles at times.



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