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Textual Signposts in the Argument of Romans: A Relevance-Theory Approach
by Sarah H. Casson
SBL Press, 2019
eISBN: 978-0-88414-359-8 | Cloth: 978-0-88414-358-1 | Paper: 978-1-62837-239-7
Library of Congress Classification BS2665.52.C37 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 227.1066


A fresh look at the development of Paul’s argument in Romans

The Greek word gar occurs 144 times in Romans and 1,041 times in the entire New Testament. However, many instances of this connective defy easy definition, and the English translation for is often inadequate, obscuring the clue that gar gives to the direction of the communicator’s thought. In this ground-breaking work, Sarah H. Casson argues that gar offers vital guidance to the coherence of Romans. The book applies the cognitive approach of relevance theory to show how garfunctions as an indispensable guide for tracing the significant points of Paul’s argument, helping resolve questions about the coherence of sections, as well as smaller-scale exegetical problems. The work engages with key debates regarding the purpose of Romans and challenges some recent influential interpretations.


  • An exegetically useful understanding of the connective gar

  • A new method for determining Paul’s audience and reason for writing

  • A challenge to recent key debates and influential interpretations of the purpose of Romans

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