Did St. Paul Use the Book of Wisdom in His Writing of the Letter to the Romans? Arguments from Rom 2 in Support of the Hypothesis of Hypertextual Reworking

Summary: 

The article, comprising three parts, discuss the possibility whether St. Paul used the Book of Wisdom in his writing of the Letter to the Romans. Firstly, in a concise way author’s hypothesis of a hypertextual relation between the Book of Wisdom and the Letter to the Romans is presented. Secondly, the article evaluates the possibility of the use of the Book of Wisdom by St. Paul in the Letter to the Romans. It points out to some of the difficulties that a scholar encounters during the scrutiny of the subject and, most importantly, provides a series of textual arguments in favour of the hypothesis. The arguments are based on the chapter 2 of the Letter to the Romans. They consist of a series of similarities, both on lexical and ideological level, between the Book of Wisdom and the Letter to the Romans, as well as possible reworking of the Wisdom material in Romans. Thirdly, the article concludes with the answer to the main question: Did St. Paul use the manuscripts of the Book of Wisdom in his writing of the Letter to the Romans?

Mateusz Krawczyk (Warsaw, Poland)
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