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This week, Jared and Pete speak with Beverly Gaventa, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Baylor University, on that important but often misunderstood letter of Paul to the church in Rome–which actually was a letter, written to real people for real reasons, not a piece of abstract theology.

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Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Peter Enns (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Abram S. Clemens professor of biblical studies at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He has written numerous books, including The Bible Tells Me So, The Sin of Certainty, and How the Bible Actually Works. Tweets at @peteenns.


  • Katie Horner says:

    Brilliant. I would love to take a class from her but unfortunately I don’t have the time or money to go back to school! I’d love it if you welcomed her back to speak again (with slightly better audio).

  • Brenda Funk says:

    Really enjoyed listening to this perspective on Paul and the Romans.

  • therev says:

    It is interesting to hear how her thinking has progressed since her work for the Interpretations series 1 & 2 Thessalonians.

  • Frank G says:

    The universal salvation concept is very appealing, but could the word “all” in Romans mean Jews and Gentiles as groups and not each individual person. That would be a more corporate interpretation of “all.”

    Also, what about 2 Corinthians 5:17 “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!”? This verse sounds conditional, not universal.

  • Darach Conneely says:

    “What is the Book of Romans Trying to Do?”
    Can’t help feeling the answer is ‘aquaduct’.

  • Bebe says:

    Nice question on the last part of Romans 1. I think she spent a long time not actually answering it. However, whether the money shot is that he turns the tables on the readers by saying “do not judge”, is still faced with dealing with the fact that Paul does in fact lump homosexual activity with sinful behavior. So, we are back to the same problem: to we treat homosexuality as sin? Thoughts?

    • Pete E. says:

      Indeed, what do WE do remains an issue regardless of how Paul address whatever issue he is addressing.

      • Bebe says:

        That is true. But, if you have the believe that what Paul has written IS Scripture then we do have to deal with the fact that he called homosexuality sin . If, on the other hand, we see the letter to Romans as having no more weight than something you or I would write, then yes, WE make the decision.

  • Ken Thompson says:

    Tried to listen on the treadmill this morning… rolled off the back because I stopped to scratch my head a few times.

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