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Romans 10:5–13 revisited

Willem Oliver
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a2929 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.2929 | © 2015 Willem Oliver | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 March 2015 | Published: 28 October 2015

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Willem Oliver, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, University of South Africa, South Africa


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Abstract

The aim of this article is to investigate Romans 10:5–13 and specifically the impact of the chiasm (chiasmus) in Romans 10:9–10 on this sub-pericope. In the chiasm Paul makes the following statement(s):

A If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord
B and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
C you will be saved.
B For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness,
A and with the mouth/he confesses, resulting in salvation.

What gives the chiasm existential value here is the fact that this is the only passage in which Paul uses confess with your mouth as a condition for salvation. The sub-pericope will be discussed against the background of the introduction to the letter (Rm 1:16–17) as well as Romans 3:21–31.


Keywords

Paul; Apostle; Letter to the Romans; Romans 10:5-13; chiasm (chiasmus)

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