Michael Bird on a Roman Official Reading Romans

“Should a Roman official have read Romans, the letter would have appeared to be the ravings of a fanatical Eastern superstition, politically malicious at best and seditious at worst.”  (Jesus Is Lord, Caesar Is Not: Evaluating Empire In NT Studies, p. 162)

But if this Roman official’s eyes were to be opened, a la Elijah’s servant (2 Kings 6:17), or his conversion to Jesus, then he would have realized that Paul’s Romans 1:1-4 is meant to announce that Jesus is Lord, Caesar is not–rather than “the ravings of a fanatical Eastern superstition, politically malicious at best and seditious at worst.”

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