The Good Beyond the Law: Routines of Life, Values, and Spirituality

  • Orlando Nang Kwok Ho


This chapter will concentrate on Rom 12 to Rom 16. It will deconstruct and understand further The Epistle for its pedagogic content, practice and principles. Paul, building upon his earlier teachings in Rom 1 to Rom 11, is about to change his focus. The curriculum will shift towards the pursuit of moral Goodness (out of a spirit of mercy; cf. ἀνελεήμονας, Rom 1:31b) instead of the drive for self-righteousness (based on a false sense of self-sufficiency as purportedly attainable in the law; cf. Rom 3:27; 4:2; 15:17). This chapter will look at why, from the pedagogical perspectives both of Paul as well as from his teacher-learners, these teachings about the Good are necessary at all? Was not the Golden Rule in the background of these last 4 chapters of The Epistle? Was it not common sense across time and space then? What could have been the educational relevance of these chapters for Paul’s original learners? Why did Paul not consider his curriculum complete with the last verse in Rom 11?


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  • Orlando Nang Kwok Ho
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  1. 1.The Chartered Institute of LinguistsLondonUK

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