Reading Romans Backwards: A Gospel in Search of Peace in the Midst of the Empire
SCM Press, 2019, 220 pp., pbk, £19.99
If you begin with chapters 12-16 of the letter to the Romans and find out to whom Paul is writing then it is easier to identify what he is attempting to do in the rest of the letter, so contends Scot McKnight. Rather than being a textbook of Paul’s soteriological thinking, the letter comes to life as a pastoral missive designed to encourage a lived theology of reconciliation amongst siblings. Its further missiological purpose is to proclaim what peace truly is in the very heart of the empire.