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2017 | 7(64/4) | 459-485

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Nowe życie jak ziarno gorczycy. Spójność argumentacji retorycznej Pawła w Rz 5–8



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New Life Like a Mustard Seed. The Coherence of Paul’s Rhetorical Argumentation in Rom 5–8

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In the present article the author with the use of rhetorical method analyzes the coherence of Paul’s argumentation on new life in Rom 5 – 8. First, the topic of new life is examined in the global context of the dispositio rhetorica in Rom 5 - 8. The three dangers to the gift of new life distinguished by the author are: 1) the slavery of sin (Rom 6), 2) the defective human self-righteousness (Rom 7,7-25), and 3) the suffering and corruption of the present world (Rom 8,19-23). At the end, the role of the Spirit in Rom 5 – 8 is explained. He is the one that liberates mankind from the triple slavery and leads to the fullness of new life, which is to be revealed in the Kingdom of God. The rhetorical reading shows the coherent strategy of Paul who describes the gift of new life in a germinal state, which calls for man’s reliance on the Spirit and the Spirit empowered deeds.


  • Instytut Nauk Biblijnych, Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II


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