n HTS : Theological Studies - Die Skrif is aan ons toevertrou : die implikasie van τά λόγια τοΰ θεοΰ in Romeine 3:2 : original research

Volume 66, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



In Paul's Epistle to the Romans, the expression τά λόγια τοΰ θεοΰ refers to speech of God that was entrusted to the Jews as a people. This includes everything He spoke through Moses and the prophets. The apostle presents this as a matter of the greatest privilege to his readers, both for its authoritative contents and the personal involvement of the God of the Covenant it represents. Paul uses these 'oracles' or 'very words of God' as a collective reference (indicated by τά) to all divine speech that was entrusted to the Jews before the revelation of God's righteousness in Christ, to which these λόγια τοΰ θεοΰ bore witness in advance. This article consequently argues that τά λόγια τοΰ θεοΰ refers to the Bible as phenomenon, the revealed Word of God that was entrusted to the Jewish people.

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