Paulcast: Rerouting the Romans Road: Audience and Purpose of Romans | S2 E2 (EP-70)

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Season 2, Episode 2 (2018)

The audience and purpose of Romans is a foundational matter of debate in the study of Paul’s letters. In this episode, Kurt Willems 1) gives a broad background to the issues, 2) looks at the Romans Road as something that is an example of the wrong grid for the book, and 3) offers a ‘within Judaism’ approach to the audience and purpose of Romans.


  • For a brief summary of the various approaches to Romans, see: Runar M. Thorsteinsson, Paul’s Interlocutor in Romans 2: Function and Identity in the Context of Ancient Epistolography, 114-121 and Neil Elliot, The Arrogance of Nation: Reading Romans in the Shadow of Empire, 13ff.
  • Also Read: Mark D. Nanos, “To the Churches in the Synagogues of Rome,” in Reading Paul’s Letter to the Romans, ed. Jerry L. Sumney, ed., Resources for biblical study, edited by number, 73 (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012), 19–20. See also, Nanos, The Mystery of Romans, 372-387.


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Author: Kurt Willems

Kurt Willems (MDiv, MA) is the founding pastor of Pangea Church (Seattle), curator of both The Paulcast and Rapture Drill podcasts, blogger at The Pangea Blog (hosted by, and resourcer of an intelligent and humanizing faith at Theology Curator.

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