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Faith, righteousness and salvation in Romans

Willem H. Oliver
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 4 | a5068 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i4.5068 | © 2018 Willem H. Oliver | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 May 2018 | Published: 30 October 2018

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


In the book of Romans, also called ‘Paul’s Letter/Epistle to the Romans’, it is clear that Paul created a very close lexical semantic relation between the concepts πίστις/πιστεύω [faith, believe], δίκαιος/δικαιοσύνη [righteous, righteousness] and σωτηρία/σῴζω [salvation, save]. Although it is said that the theme of righteousness (by or through faith) is the focal point of Paul’s theology, especially in Romans, this term is very closely linked to the two concepts, faith and salvation, in this letter. The aim of this article is to investigate that relation, specifically in the two passages of Romans 1:16–17 and 10:6a, 8b–10, in an attempt to come to an understanding of what Paul had in mind when he used these three terms together in these passages.


Paul; Romans; Faith; Righteousness; Salvation; Romans


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