Kontinuïteit en diskontinuïteit tussen die eerste en tweede Adam (Romeine 5:12-21)
Continuity and discontinuity between the first and second Adam(Romans 5:12-21)
In Romans 5:12-21 Paul presents an historical example to support his argument on being put right with God through what Christ has done. The example consists of a comparison between Adam and Christ, in which he makes use of the hermeneutical strategy of continuity (constancy) and discontinuity (change). In the first part of the article this distinction is investigated and described from an epistemological perspective. The second part deals with the way in which Paul uses the distinction in comparing Adam and Christ, especially with regard to the results of their respective actions. The comparison entails an implicit awareness of the foundational relationship between continuity and discontinuity in order to illustrate the uniqueness and perfection of Christ’s self-offering and its implications for believers, thereby providing a complementary perspective on the exegesis of this important part of Paul’s letter.
As part of this multidisciplinary study, certain rhetorical techniques have also been identified. These techniques serve to highlight important issues and to persuade the readers to Paul’s point of view. A few remarks on the new Afrikaans translation Nuwe Testament en Psalms (2014) might also be of interest to Bible translators.
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